Most of us are familiar with the truth that some of the most difficult challenges people have ever faced have ultimately led to their success. It is a fact that we often learn the “breakthrough secrets” to certain situations as we go through them ourselves. It is usually out of our own personal successes and failures that our eyes are opened to some new truth or a whole new angle on a situation. We must simply be on the lookout for new opportunities.
Perhaps you have heard of Dr. Charles Stanley and In-Touch Ministries. Very few people know how this world-wide ministry began. When Dr. Stanley first became the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta, Georgia, he had no television ministry. Back in the early seventies he would drive to a local television station once a month to record four messages that would be played on the four consecutive weekends the following month. On one such occasion, Dr. Stanley had preached four entire messages and was about to leave the studio when the young, inexperienced technician realized there had been no film in the camera while all four sessions were being recorded! There was nothing to do but to load the film into the camera and for Dr. Stanley to preach the same four messages all over again. On his way home, Dr. Stanley made the decision to purchase his own camera and hire his own cameraman. And, that was the beginning of In-Touch Ministries. Millions of people around the world are blessed each week by that ministry and it all began because of a “mistake.”
My own company, Personality Insights, Inc., started because of a personal challenge of mine. In 1985, my oldest daughter, Rachael, was twelve years old. She is my first-born daughter and for twelve years I knew there was something different about her. I could not put my finger on the challenge, but through a series of events, I began to understand personality information and my daughter. I discovered there was nothing wrong with her after all. There was something wrong with me! If you had tried to explain that to me at the time I was going through that struggle, you would have had a hard time doing so!
A friend of mine shared with me about the DISC Model of Human Behavior and helped me to understand that Rachael was a High-D type personality. From that, I not only began to understand different personality styles, but I began to teach the information to other people as well. That was almost forty years ago and now Personality Insights and the DISC Model of Human Behavior information has been taught around the world on six different continents. We have over two thousand consultants who have been through our training and we reach over a million people every year. Who would have ever thought that all of that would have been a direct result of not knowing how to deal with one of my daughters? I am incredibly grateful for my High-D daughter because it was through her personality style, which is different from mine, that my eyes were opened to a whole new way of seeing other people.
In each of the above situations, there is one key factor. If your huge mistakes, challenges and problems are going to lead you to success, you must first be on the lookout for a new opportunity. If your eyes are open and if you are looking for new opportunities, you will certainly see them. However, if you are not looking for some kind of solution to your current situation, then your challenges will only lead you to frustration.
I believe some of you reading this right now are very close to a goldmine opportunity if you will just begin to focus on the solution to the situation you are now facing. Be creative. Ask yourself what could be different or better about things that would ultimately bring more enjoyment and happiness to others. I firmly believe that life sends us difficult situations in order to prepare us to find the solutions and then be a blessing to other people because of our challenges rather than in spite of them!
Why not begin looking for the “opportunity of a lifetime” that may be just around the next corner? You will not only benefit from what you discover, but many other people will benefit as well!
Tip: Huge mistakes, challenges and problems can lead to success!
Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm