It’s not what you look at that matters! it’s what you see.
Henry David Thoreau
What do you see? Do you see trouble? Other people see opportunity! Do you see people who don’t like you? Others are seeing people who can challenge them and keep them accountable! Do you see a giant who cannot be defeated? Others see a giant who is too big to miss. Wisdom is what makes us see what most people would not see. Looking at the right stuff is not enough! Attending the right seminars is not enough! What do you see? This is really where wisdom come into the picture.
Here is a TED talk by Juwon Melvin. In it he shares how he looked on the streets of Morocco and instead of seeing just poor children begging for food. He saw an opportunity to make a difference. When he started his business to help these children he had a major setback but instead of seeing failure he saw another way of doing things. Today things are working much better and he is making a difference!
What are you seeing? Wherever you are you can see either an opportunity or a problem. You may see a limitation or challenge. Choose to see what wise people see. Begin by choosing to see a positive attribute in the people around you. As you look around you today, try to make a note of opportunities of making a difference. Soon, it will become natural for you to see opportunities where others see obstacles. Really, its not what you look at that matters, its what you see.