Turning Obstacles into Opportunity

I love this story I received from one of my clients.

Boulder on pathIn ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway.  Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.  Some of the King’s’ wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables.  Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road.  After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.  The peasant learned what many of us never understand!

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

I wish you an obstacle-free New Year! But in case you do encounter obstacles – big or small – know that you have the strength, creativity and resilience to turn them into opportunities.


  1. Caryn Ginsberg on December 28, 2011 at 11:48 am

    It’s also a great story about waiting for others to do what we can do ourselves. I’m on vacation enjoying the makeover programs. I think it’s a common fantasy that someone will come along and make us look better, give us perfect homes, improve our finances, or whatever. But each of us in charge of our own makeovers.

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