Will You Initiate Beyond Your Circumstances to Get What You Want?
Creative problem solvers with constraints
find a way to get what they want when an obvious path is not visible. It’s why they can successfully launch companies.
Throughout middle school, I had to bring a sack lunch to school each day. My preference was to eat the dominos pizza served in the cafeteria. I also enjoyed candy and soda between class. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a reliable income source and my parents couldn’t give me lunch money so I had to get creative to get what I wanted.
Many of my friends would receive money from their parents to buy lunch and we’d all meet up in our area after they got their food. What I quickly learned was that buying an entire box of pizza was much cheaper than buying it per slice.
Recognizing this, I began pooling my friend's money together and buying the box of pizza. They’d get their slices and wouldn’t have to stand in line since I was doing it for them. I got more pizza for the money, and there would be extra slices I could either eat or sell. Because I was waiting in line, some of my friends would tip me a quarter or fifty cents for the service which would add to any extra money I retained because of the lower box cost.
I not only found a way to get free pizza but also a process to earn some extra money which I’d subsequently use to buy candy and soda. Learning this at a young age was a valuable asset, and it's this creativity that has helped me overcome numerous obstacles throughout my life. If I simply accepted the constraints, I would not have had the opportunity to practice problem-solving, grow as an individual, and accomplish my objective.
What are you facing now that feels like a roadblock
but could actually be an opportunity to get creative? Where in that situation lies a win-win scenario?