Become An Inverse Paranoid

The multimillionaire W. Clement Stone started off selling newspapers on the streets of Chicago at the age of 12. He went on to build Combined Insurance Company of America, and died recently at the age of 100 worth more than $800 million. He was a great inspiration to thousands of people, and was famous for his habit of being an "inverse paranoid."

A paranoid is someone who believes that people are conspiring against him or her. An inverse paranoid, in contrast, is a person who is convinced that the world is conspiring to make him or her successful. An inverse paranoid insists upon interpreting everything that happens as part of a great plan leading to success. W. Clement Stone used to respond to every difficulty with the emphatic statement, "That's good!" Then he would concentrate his attention on finding out what was good about the situation. And he always found something, even if it was just a valuable lesson.

If you change the definition of a problem to a situation, a challenge, or an opportunity, your response to the problem will be positive and constructive, rather than negative and angry. If you look at every problem as a potential opportunity, you will almost always find within the problem an opportunity or benefit that you can take advantage of.

Norman Vincent Peale used to say, "When God wants to send you a gift, He wraps it up in a problem." The bigger the problem that you have, the bigger the gift—in the form of valuable lessons, ideas, and insights that it probably contains. Is the glass half full or is it half empty? It's up to you.

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