Do You See Problems or Opportunities?

On a flight to a foreign country, two shoe salesman learned some important information. The people in the land they were headed to, did not wear shoes. One salesman said “I am booking the earliest flight home. These people don’t wear shoes.” The other salesman called his warehouse and said, send me every shoe we have in inventory, these people don’t wear shoes!”

There is a lot to be said about perspective and how we see the world. One person sees a problem and another sees an opportunity. One sees a wall that cannot be climbed and another just sees an obstacle that always has a workaround.

Do you see Problems or Opportunities? Neither Personality Style is good or bad, but sometimes these unique styles can really impact your life. Here are some Pros and Cons of each.

“Problem Guy” (“Process Guy”)

If you are the person who sees problems first, rather than opportunities, you may be slower to take action with a new idea. If your personality style is very strong, you may NEVER take action, because there will always be a reason that a new idea will fail.

On the upside, you tend to be practical, steady and consistent. Depending on the type of role you play in your job, this can be a desirable trait for maintaining processes and policies. This is critical in managerial roles and corporate settings where following a process is not negotiable. Think about medical practice, law enforcement or even a manufacturing environment. Process is critical.

When you spend time around “Opportunity Guy” you will be regularly irritated by his constant desire to change things. You are able to see the gaps in his logic and you realize that what he wants to do will probably not work.

“Opportunity Guy”

An “Opportunity Guy” has a tendency to see new things around the corner. This may be a new way of doing things, or a better way to make something. You tend to have a “don’t worry, things will all work out” frame of mind. You may not always have a clear plan of direction, but you are confident in your eventual success.

If your personality trends toward seeing opportunities, you may be well suited to be an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs regularly have obstacles in their way and they need to respond positively in this environment. They often see negative situations as a possible new direction. New business ideas excite them and they see new ones daily.

When you spend time around “Problem Guy” or “Process Guy”, you may often feel criticized by his or her approach. “Why can’t they see the beauty of my idea?!” you might ask. When you see everything as a viable new option, the “Process Guy” gets nervous or concerned and wants to keep you from crashing and burning.

The World Needs Both

No matter which personality style you trend toward, they both have value in the marketplace. While the two of you can frustrate each other, you actually need one another.

I tend to be an “Opportunity Guy” and it’s probably a little unfair for me to refer to “Problem Guy” in such a way. As you can tell, that is how I tend to see someone with this personality type. It is very important for you to recognize this in your own life. Be careful not to see the “Process Guy” as a critical person who never wants you to succeed or do anything new.

If you are the “Process Guy/Girl”, remember that new opportunities are critical to breakthroughs. You need those folks to make things better in the world. They can also help you cope with the inevitable struggles of life. Both of you need to learn from each other, but don’t try to change who you are. Your style is important. Just make it work and learn how to live with people!

So which style are you?  If you need a tool to help you discover this, here is a good one. Have a question? Leave it in the comments section below. I would love to connect with you. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook. Thanks for reading!


About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!