Feb 152016
 

Complaints are Opportunities in Disguise

Picky eaters like to whine and dine. But food isn’t the only thing people complain about. Although whining isn’t productive, it’s a legitimate coping mechanism that shifts blame and responsibility to other people. But if handled correctly, complaints can be turned into opportunities.

In order for there to be a complaint, there must be something else we want that’s better than what we already have. Nobody complains about water being wet because that’s just how it is. So if we can complain about something then that probably means we also have the opportunity to change it for the better. 🙂 It’s just that most of the time we’re not willing to risk or sacrifice in order to obtain a better outcome, otherwise we’d just do it instead of complaining. 😛

So whenever a complaint arises, we should ask what it is that we want to change. What is a more favorable alternative? Then we just have to put together a plan and get to work. It may be risky, and it may require a lot of time, energy, and sacrifice. But if we can get through the hardship, then on the other side of our commitment is a reward that people who only whine and complain, but don’t take action, will never get to enjoy.

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By trying to solve a problem, it turns a negative state of mind like complaining into something positive. It switches our brains from the reactionary defensive mode to a more proactive offensive mode to make us more creative and productive.

This also works on larger scales since there are huge opportunities in addressing other people’s complaints. 40 years ago consumers complained that personal computers were too difficult to operate. Bill Gates realized that developing a more user-friendly operating system would solve this problem so he created Microsoft, and took advantage of his Windows of opportunity. Today, PCs are universally adopted and most of them run a Windows operating system. Sometimes the best opportunities express themselves in the complaints of other people. The more people complain about something the bigger the reward will be for the first person comes up with a viable solution.

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Random Useless Fact:

According to security-management company SplashData, the most popular password in 2015 was 123456.

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#2 – “password.” Are you f*$%^ kidding me?

 

Apr 052012
 

I am thankful I live in a relatively stable economy, have plenty of clean water to drink, a car to drive, and access to high speed internet. Luxuries which most people in the world unfortunately don’t have. According to the globalrichlist.com calculator, I am currently in the top 1% of all income earners in the world (if I factor in my part-time and dividend income as well.) So I consider myself pretty lucky being able to live the lifestyle I want and still have enough savings left over to invest for my future. If you make more than $50,000 USD a year, then cheers (^ _ ^ )o自自o( ^ _ ^ ) because you are also in the top 1%, according to that site anyway. However making a decent living in a wealthy country such as Canada, or the US, does have its drawbacks ಠ_ಠ. There are certain responsibilities and problems that will arise when we make too much money that people in poorer countries simply don’t have to worry about. And a lot of those misfortunes we face are often overlooked by world leaders.  Below are some examples of deeply troubling financially related first world problems, which tend to only exist in the realm of the rich … ಥ_ಥ

All images above were derived from internet memes.  While we may live in some of the richest countries on the planet let this be a reminder that we are not immune from the hardships of this world. I can relate to some of these problems myself. How about you? In a future follow up entry, I’ll post about some non-financial problems we face here in the first world.