A shoe factory owner sent his two sons, John and Paul to a faraway land to explore the market potential for shoes. After a few weeks, both sons returned and reported their observations to their father. John said: “Father, it’s impossible to market our shoes in that land because those people walk bare-footed and I don’t think anyone is going to buy our shoes!” On the contrary, Paul got very excited and exclaimed: “Dad, it’s a gold mine that I’ve found! Since none of them wear shoes, everyone living there could be our potential customer!”
The optimism displayed by Paul in the story deserves our attention. We need to be more optimistic and learn to see things from a different perspective. See opportunities during times of crisis. See the positives in the negatives. See the future in the present. Find a way to take advantage of a situation instead of being hampered by it!
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