Observations on Opportunity Recently, I attended my 30-year high school reunion. As a blind person, I sat and listened to the conversations and observations of those around me. The most common comment was, "I'm surprised they turned out like that." Apparently, everyone turned out either better or worse, but certainly different than would have been expected. As young people, we do not come with a label that says "Future Brain Surgeon" or "Soon to be Unemployed Alcoholic." Opportunity is much the same. You've heard frustrated investors lament, "If I'd only bought Microsoft back then..." Well, unfortunately, Microsoft didn't look like Microsoft back then. Opportunities and possibilities more often come packaged as problems and challenges. The only thing you must do to have a great idea is to go through your daily routine and wait for something bad to happen. When it does, ask the magic question, "How could I have avoided that?" The answer to that question will be a great idea. The only thing you need to do to have a great business opportunity is to ask yourself, "How could I help other people avoid their problems?" The answer to that question can make you rich, famous, and successful in every way. If you read biographies of great inventors, initially you're struck by the fact that their ideas and innovations made total sense. They seem so obvious now in retrospect. When you think of living in the horse-and-buggy days when Orville and Wilbur Wright are building a plane, it seems to be a logical fit and an exciting opportunity. If you're struggling by candlelight when Thomas Edison invents a light bulb, it seems revolutionary and readily apparent. If you're waiting weeks or even months for correspondence when Alexander Graham Bell invents the telephone, it seems transformational; however, if you will read in depth the biographies of these innovators and many others, you will find that, quite often, their greatest struggles were not developing a new invention but, instead, their greatest struggles were often convincing bankers, investors, and business leaders of the validity of their inventions. Remember, opportunities never appear in nice, clean wrapped packages with neon signs that say OPPORTUNITY. You've got to dig a little. As you go through you day today, look for opportunities disguised as problems. Today's the day!