Embracing Obstacles: Unleashing the Possibilitarian Within
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." – Thomas Edison
Many people bemoan the obstacles they encounter in their lives, careers, and relationships, often feeling overwhelmed by the challenging emotions that accompany these hurdles. Yet, have you ever considered what the world would be like without obstacles? Contrary to popular belief, such a world would not be better; in fact, it would be far worse and could even lead to humanity's downfall.
Without obstacles, we would not have mountains that inspire us to climb, broaden our perspectives, and achieve a sense of accomplishment. Without challenges, we wouldn't need books, higher learning, and intellectual growth, as there would be nothing to challenge our ideas or spur breakthrough thinking.
A world without obstacles would hinder self-discovery, as we would have nothing to push against in our relationships with others, limiting our understanding of ourselves. Ultimately, it is the obstacles we face that drive our evolution, growth, and progress. Without them, life would lack purpose and the means for development.
However, most people don't realize that within the world of obstacles is the realm of possibilities. As a self-proclaimed "possibilitarian," I revel in transforming obstacles into opportunities for growth and creating a better life. While many people will get confronted, stuck, and limited by the obstacles they face, I love exploring how any obstacle can be turned into an opportunity to grow and build a better life.
In "The Art of Possibility," Benjamin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, views student mistakes as fantastic learning opportunities, emphasizing the importance of embracing obstacles. Zander teaches his students to say, "How fascinating!" when they make a mistake because he knows that when they come up against an obstacle, it is nothing more than an opportunity to learn.
The essence of living in a world filled with obstacles is to convert them into possibilities. Failing to do so means missing the entire point of this extraordinary journey called life. But on the other hand, the land of possibility offers ample space to play, grow, and discover new things.
Don't hesitate to reach out if you need assistance finding your way to the land of possibility. It's one of my favorite topics to discuss and explore.