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Every Obstacle Is An Opportunity


“Every OBSTACLE is an OPPORTUNITY to learn something new about YOURSELF.” - Jared Yellin


Have you heard this cliche…


“The obstacle is the way.”


Obstacles have served me immensely in life…

Obstacles have helped me gain massive self-awareness…

Obstacles have opened doors…

Obstacles have provided me with strength…

Obstacles have been my way…


But many people do whatever it takes to avoid obstacles…


They feel them coming and they retreat…

They intentionally play it safe so they don’t exist…

Or worse…


They hit an obstacle and STOP!


And this often is a HARD STOP…

Combined with a quit…

Combined with…”I am NEVER doing that again!”


I am going to share one of the greatest obstacles of my life as an example of someone who has made the obstacle his way…


And I am not doing this to say…”look at me…”


Nor am I saying my obstacle is worse than yours so get over it…


There are plenty of obstacles that DON’T feel like the way…


Death…

Disease…

Failure…

Bankruptcy…

Divorce…


But I want to make sure you realize something…


The obstacle is ALWAYS YOUR WAY!


Please don’t let your obstacle stop you…

Please don’t even let your obstacle slow you down for too long…

Please don’t interpret your obstacle as if you are a victim, not meant to be, or whatever other negative association naturally emerges….


The obstacle is ALWAYS YOUR WAY!


For me - I face an intense obstacle in 2013.


I just invested 10-months of time and $750,000 into the first version of SYNDUIT only to find out that the development company only built 50% of what we agreed on and went over budget by an additional $1,500,000!


This was a seismic obstacle for me…


One that I felt was impossible to overcome…


Where would I get the money?

Where would I get the energy?

Where would I get the drive?

Where would I get ….?


My list of “where I would get…” was long…


I will never forget the first evening when I learned about this obstacle sitting in the office by myself and asking a question…


WHAT IF THIS WAS HAPPENING FOR ME AND NOT TO ME?


People commit suicide when obstacles emerge…

People experience deep darkness when obstacles emerge…

People come to a screeching halt when obstacles emerge…


But what if YOU are not most people…


What if you are like me?!


Someone who got excited that night when I realized that this obstacle was happening FOR ME…


Someone who made the decision to let the story continue versus abruptly coming to a stop…


Someone who doubled down with energy, drive, action, and resources from within.


Someone who said… “BRING IT ON OBSTACLE!”


Guess what everyone…


We are all living in an obstacle right here and right now…


Maybe for you it’s COVID

Maybe for you it’s social justice

Maybe for you it’s the election

Maybe for you it’s health freedom

Maybe for you it’s sickness

Maybe for you it’s financial trauma

Maybe for you it’s a cancelled wedding

Maybe for you it’s not seeing your family for a long time

Maybe for you it’s _____________________


Whatever your obstacle is…


IT’S YOUR WAY!


And my challenge to you is…


DON’T STOP

DON’T RETREAT

DON’T SLOW DOWN (for too long)

DON’T DO ANYTHING OTHER THAN WHAT YOU KNOW YOU NEED TO DO…


Because…


Every OBSTACLE is an OPPORTUNITY to learn something new about YOURSELF.


I am here for you always...


Live with Intention,


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