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Tip: Don’t panic!

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Whoever said, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” understood the principle I am trying to convey in this week’s Tip. There are people right now who are working diligently to find alternative solutions to our energy challenges. Many people would prefer our country be self-sustaining rather than dependent upon foreign countries for our energy needs. We do not know now where all of this is leading, but I can assure you of one thing: it is leading to a whole new source of energy. There is a fortune to be made for the ones who find these alternative methods. When problems and challenges occur, the key is not to panic – but to start looking for new and better ways of doing things. This applies to the energy industry and every area of life. Let me explain further.

Years ago, there was much discussion about what would happen when we ran out of coal. Because coal had been the natural fuel source for energy for so many years, it was looked at as the only fuel source for energy. As a small boy, I can still remember watching my grandfather put big pieces of black coal in the potbelly stove in the middle of the family room to keep the house warm.

Then, someone came along and asked why we should be limited to one source. Why not try to find another method? And that was the beginning of the oil industry. The same thing is happening now. There are many people who are looking for alternative methods of energy, such as hydrogen or solar power, to resolve this challenge once and for all. Whoever said, “You cannot stop progress!” knew what they were talking about!

I hope you will not think that this Tip is only about oil, coal, and energy. That is not the purpose of the Tip at all. My point is that all of us should open our eyes and look around for alternative ways of doing things, whether it is in the office, at home, in relationships, at church, or in business.

Years ago, I met a gentleman who worked for the Thomas Edison Company. He said each employee had a sign in their office saying, “There is a better way; find it!” He told me, however, that the employees of the company had rewritten that motto. The inside joke was, “There is a way – you’d better find it!” In either case, the point is simple: Look for better ways of doing things!

In the last one hundred years, we have gone from the slow mode of travel of the horse and buggy to flying in jets around the world in a matter of hours. I remember seeing a picture in Look magazine of Elizabeth Taylor taking a three-day flight from New York to Los Angeles. The flight even included a place to sleep in what we would now consider the baggage overhead compartment! Today, that would be comical. So, how did all this change? It is simply because someone was looking for a better method of transportation. And just think, all this started with a couple of bicycle mechanics, Orval and Wilbur Wright, who were looking for a better way of travel.

When was the last time you looked for a better way of doing things – for instance, the storage in your closet? You see, someone looked in his closet one day and thought of a better way to save space, and the next thing you know, the whole industry of closet design was born. There are companies that will come into your house and organize your closets for a fee. You can now purchase a special kind of bag so a vacuum cleaner can suck the air out of the bag after you have put the clothes inside to flatten them out and offer more space and storage under your bed. Someone is making a lot of money on that concept. I recently bought everyone in my family new umbrellas that fold down instead of up! The water scatters away from you rather than all over you! How long did it take us to come up with that idea? And the reason is because they were looking for a better way of doing things. Many of these practical ideas and inventions make our lives easier, better, and more enjoyable in the long run. They all were born out of someone trying to do things better rather than staying frustrated all day! Have you ever watched Shark Tank?” I cannot believe what I am watching! People have so many great ideas! There are some very innovative people in our world! Why not be one of them?

In the movie, Michael, the angel (John Travolta), tells his friends, “I invented the line!” They said, “You did what?” He said, “Yes, I invented the line. Before that time, everyone was just milling around!” See how important good ideas are?

Keep your eyes on the future. Don’t get bogged down in the “panic mode” that many people live in on a daily basis. Start looking for new opportunities and better ways of doing things. That is how fortunes are made!

I started practicing this principle about thirty years ago. I constantly keep my eyes open and look for new opportunities and better ways of doing things. It has helped me to see things that I otherwise might have overlooked had I not been looking and thinking about improving my life and everyone else’s, too!  And once again, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” The same will be true of you if you simply keep your eyes open and look for solutions. Try it this week and see what you see! You’ll be glad you did!

Tip: Don’t panic!

Dr. Robert A. Rohm, Ph.D.

Dr. Robert A. Rohm, Ph.D.

Top selling author and speaker, Robert Rohm Ph.D. is founder of Personality Insights Inc. and The Robert Rohm Co. As you will see, Dr. Rohm specializes in helping people better understand themselves and others.