Talking to a friend recently we laughed about my run-in with a rabid wolverine feline (“domesticated cat”) and then coming face-to-face with a home intruder at 4AM – these all happened in May 2014.
We talked about this notion of reframing/ shifting the perspective to turn something negative into something positive. Indeed, I did just that turning both events into blog posts with lessons for entrepreneurs.
Steve Jobs’ famous Stanford Commencement Speech in 2005 included this:
“You can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path.”
Steve’s point alludes to the opportunity to “shift perspective” – what happened cannot be changed. Trust in the opportunities in the future. What can be changed are the decisions and actions from now.
To outline this point more, there are countless quotes about “getting up from falling down” or it’s “not about what happened, it’s about how you respond”.
Don’t dwell on negative events for what happened. See them for the opportunities they create. Shift your perspective.