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Halves and Halve-nots

Posted on September 20, 2011 @ 12:30 PM in Uncategorized

Yes, it’s that old chestnut. Is the glass half full or half empty? Your answer is supposed to determine whether you’re an optimist or a pessimist.

Creative, lateral thinker (or absolute contrarian) that I am, when I first heard this, I thought it was a trick question.

Isn’t it obvious that the glass is COMPLETELY full?

It’s half full of wine and half full of air. Just because you can’t see the air doesn’t mean it isn’t there. (Wow – a triple negative that still makes sense!).

Scientifically, we can prove it’s there by lighting a match and holding it inside the glass. No air, no flame. But there it burns.

We can also take it on faith that there must be air inside the glass. We can’t see, smell, hear, taste or feel the air above the wine but it’s easy and natural for us to believe with all our hearts that it’s there.

In fact, someone would have a very hard time trying to convince us otherwise.

What has this got to do with you, as a business owner?

The news, our colleagues, the market – everyone seems full of economic doom and gloom these days. So are you seeing the glass half full, half empty or completely full?

Don’t forget about the air.

The air’s invisible but not one of us can survive without it. Ever-abundant, it’s there whenever we need it. Sometimes it smells fresh and clean. Other times, meh! Not so much. But we can’t escape it and we’d die if we did.

Isn’t that just like opportunity? It’s all around us. We can’t always sense it physically, but awareness will keep us alert to its presence. Whether the wine is delicious or sour, the air will take on its character close to the source but quickly change with distance.

Just as taking a step back and changing our perspective will let us see the opportunity and abundance that surround us that we may be about to miss.

Let’s stop focussing on the wine (or product or service). Let’s start looking for the invisible opportunities above that and outside our own glass. Let’s go clink some other glasses and engage their owners in conversation.

If we all work on creating the right atmosphere – one of true conviviality and caring – our own glass will never be empty.

What opportunities have you seen lately?
Do you “see” the air now or did you always?

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