17 November 2014
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty” – Winston Churchill
How many missed opportunities does the average person accumulate over the course of their life? Whilst there are often good reasons for not jumping into certain things feet first, I can certainly think of some of my own that, looking back, I probably didn’t even recognise as opportunities. The benefit of hindsight is such a wonderful thing!
However, when I look at things objectively now, I’ve probably become a little bit addicted to opportunity. I think there’s something in Churchill’s saying that applies both to optimists and entrepreneurs. In my experience, entrepreneurs see opportunities in the mist that other people might not.
Le Farinet was one of those opportunities where people may not understand my reasoning, yet it’s an incredibly well-established venue and it couldn’t be more centrally located. There was an area inside that needed to be developed and, to me, that was a huge opportunity that I just couldn’t look away from. When you think about it, if I see value in me and my family escaping to a place like Verbier, it stands to reason that I would see value in my team going out there too.
Ultimately, I think it’s easy to dismiss great ideas and chances that are 100% worth taking simply because of the steepness of the hill, the difficulty of the challenge. And whilst it’s good to listen to the rational voice inside your head, I still wonder whether we should be viewing opportunities a little differently, asking not what we might lose by grabbing them with both hands, but what we stand to gain.