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You Can Either Focus On The Adversity Or The Opportunity

I go back to the above quote attributed to Quin Snyder. “We can either focus on the Adversity or the Opportunity.” I strongly believe the Adversity creates the Opportunity. We have to get out of the emotion of the adversity and setback to determine the lesson. More importantly, how do we pivot towards a new outcome? We have had situations where everything went well and fell into place. It is more pleasant and perhaps easier to focus on the Opportunity when everything looks and feels good. However, it is another story when you are facing Adversity with limited options. Mind you, there are always options. We merely have to find the How To in dealing with the necessary transition from Adversity to Opportunity. Now, Quin Snyder had options he could have used with any of the four degrees he earned at Duke. (Pretty amazing when you consider most struggle to get one). His willingness to step back serves as a relevant example. We benefit by looking beyond the moment. Understand the

Understand the relevance of the Adversity to identify the clarity of how to identify the potential opportunities. Did Quin have an NBA Head Coaching job in his sights back in 2007 when he was coaching in Austin? I could be wrong but I have not seen evidence of that from any of his interviews. Whatever the adversity, there is always a pathway towards a new opportunity. It will not always be clear-cut and requires a focus that perhaps we have not used to this point. However, be encouraged that the answer and the solution will come out of the adversity. We simply have to pay attention to the signs.

I look forward to the 2nd round series between the Warriors and Jazz. Whatever the outcome, I have learned a lot from the example of Quin Snyder. He has lived the ups and downs while continuing to see the Opportunity thru the Adversity. Perhaps the lesson we can gain is thru the experiences of others. However, we have to recognize the talent we have towards determining the pathway of our own success. I have learned time and time again that my best opportunities came right after some of my most difficult moments. So, when Quin Snyder articulated this view, it resonated and shifted my lens. It really comes down to how we perceive the obstacle to achieve the result. Quin’s quote was confirmed by the level of obstacles he has faced in his own journey. All of us are going thru something. Let’s face it; some days are a real challenge. Some adversities can really kick our behinds. However, it is when we look at the Opportunity within the Adversity that we see a new pathway towards our own success. We see things in a clearer light while also measuring it from a perspective of being humbled. Going back to that day in Austin, Texas, Quin was confronted with a decision regarding something as simple as ending practice. Why? So someone who was less fortunate could enjoy a moment of dignity while standing under hot water with a bar of soap and a washcloth. I cannot overstate the importance and impact our journey has on others. Once we get out of ourselves long enough to identify what is most critical, we begin to make choices that lead us to some pretty awesome opportunities. You may not like the Adversity. It is probably not designed for our pleasure or entertainment. It is, however, our education and calling card towards making the necessary adjustments to identify and enjoy the benefits of the Opportunity.

Quin’s quote was confirmed by the level of obstacles he has faced in his own journey. All of us are going thru something. Let’s face it; some days are a real challenge. Some adversities can really kick our behinds. However, it is when we look at the Opportunity within the Adversity that we see a new pathway towards our own success. We see things in a clearer light while also measuring it from a perspective of being humbled. Going back to that day in Austin, Texas, Quin was confronted with a decision regarding something as simple as ending practice. Why? So someone who was less fortunate could enjoy a moment of dignity while standing under hot water with a bar of soap and a washcloth. I cannot overstate the importance and impact our journey has on others. Once we get out of ourselves long enough to identify what is most critical, we begin to make choices that lead us to some pretty awesome opportunities. You may not like the Adversity. It is probably not designed for our pleasure or entertainment. It is, however, our education and calling card towards making the necessary adjustments to identify and enjoy the benefits of the Opportunity.

Going back to that day in Austin, Texas, Quin was confronted with a decision regarding something as simple as ending practice. Why? So someone who was less fortunate could enjoy a moment of dignity while standing under hot water with a bar of soap and a washcloth. I cannot overstate the importance and impact our journey has on others. Once we get out of ourselves long enough to identify what is most critical, we begin to make choices that lead us to some pretty awesome opportunities. You may not like the Adversity. It is probably not designed for our pleasure or entertainment. It is, however, our education and calling card towards making the necessary adjustments to identify and enjoy the benefits of the Opportunity.

So, when Quin Snyder articulated this view, it resonated and shifted my lens. It really comes down to how we perceive the obstacle to achieve the result. Quin’s quote was confirmed by the level of obstacles he has faced in his own journey. All of us are going thru something. Let’s face it; some days are a real challenge. Some adversities can really kick our behinds. However, it is when we look at the Opportunity within the Adversity that we see a new pathway towards our own success. We see things in a clearer light while also measuring it from a perspective of being humbled. Going back to that day in Austin, Texas, Quin was confronted with a decision regarding something as simple as ending practice. Why? So someone who was less fortunate could enjoy a moment of dignity while standing under hot water with a bar of soap and a washcloth. I cannot overstate the importance and impact our journey has on others. Once we get out of ourselves long enough to identify what is most critical, we begin to make choices that lead us to some pretty awesome opportunities. You may not like the Adversity. It is probably not designed for our pleasure or entertainment. It is, however, our education and calling card towards making the necessary adjustments to identify and enjoy the benefits of the Opportunity.

You have a choice. You have a decision. Do you focus on the Adversity or do you focus on the Opportunity?

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Chris Adams
Chris Adams
CHRIS has over 30 years in the Hospitality Industry serving in a number of emerging and diverse roles. His specialty has been in the area of Staff Development, Organizational Enhancements, Task Force Management, and Public Relations. He has worked for several brands such as Sheraton, Hilton, Marriott, Holiday Inn, and several Independents. An advocate for strong community relationships, Adams has served on numerous boards and Non-Profits in an effort to bridge certain gaps towards better understanding and inclusion for all. Additionally, Adams serves as a Legal Task Force Consultant assisting Law Firms in developing case positions via mock juries, selection, and development of media strategies. These efforts have provided further strength towards mediation and successful case resolutions

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