Tuesday, December 6, 2011


I just heard a great story in a meeting that would otherwise have been an hour of my life I'd never get back.  Let me know if it resonates with you as it did with me:

Two sales reps get sent to a remote village to see if there is an opportunity to sell shoes.

Shortly after arrival, the first salesperson calls headquarters and says, “Stop shipment! Not a single villager wears shoes so there’s zero opportunity. We will never sell shoes here.”

Two minutes later, the second sales rep calls headquarters and says, “Send me everything you’ve got! None of these villagers have shoes so there is an incredible opportunity to sell shoes here!”

Two different people with two different views on the same situation.  One sees scarcity and hopelessness where the other sees opportunity and abundance.

Perspective makes all the difference.

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Anonymous said...

This is a fantastic story and great reminder! As always love reading your blog. Thanks for all of your stories and insightful nuggets and for sharing yourself with us! :)

Sarah said...

I would tell the headquarters to send some broken glass with the shipment as well. Create your own opportuniy!

Charlene said...

Hah - now that's adding opportunity!

Thanks for the comments!!

Courtney Pies said...

Great story!

I'm following you through GFC from the Mom Blog Society!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Much Love,

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