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How to Make Progress

How to Make Progress

How to Make Progress

To make more progress in life, start looking at problems in a different way. Whatever happens can be utilised, if you think with the right mind-set.

Utilisation is the idea that you can use any situation as a stepping stone to make progress.

The principle of utilisation works on the assumption that every situation contains within it, the elements necessary for it to be profitable, in some way.

The trick to using the concept of utilisation, is to develop a mind-set that is primed to identify the profit potential of any situation. It takes a certain kind of mind-set to "see the seed" of a potential benefit in a heap of trouble.

For instance, in 1853, William Perkin invented the first commercial dye: the purple mauveine. He did it almost by accident. Perkins was not trying to make dyes. He was trying to synthesise an artificial version of quinine for the treatment of malaria. But he failed completely and instead, he accidentally made a dark, sticky goo that stained his lab coat. When he tried to wash it off with alcohol, the stain turned a beautiful shade of purple, which would not wash out.

Rather than be annoyed, Perkins immediately saw that he had the seed of new idea: and he went on to create the synthetic purple mauveine dye. That led him to be the founder of the synthetic dye industry. He became a millionaire by the age of 20 years.

You may think he was lucky, but remember that his "accidental" discovery relied on him having the kind of mind that can see a failure as a success, when seen from a different viewpoint.

There are many people who can think that way and, as a result, they enjoy more progress than the rest of us.

The phrase that these people use to tone their thinking is this:

"Within every problem there exists the seeds of an equivalent or greater benefit."

This statement may be true, and if you assume it is true, then it sets up your mind to seek the seed of the equivalent benefit. And if you seek you will, very likely, find.

Seek and you will find.

If you are looking for trouble you will find it.

If you are looking for food, you will probably find it.

If you are looking for an opportunity to work, you will find it.

If you are looking for reasons why you will fail, you will find them.

If you are looking for things that are wrong with you, you will find them.

Utilisation makes use of the fact that your mind tends to identify those elements in the environment, that correspond to your dominant thoughts.

Utilisation is based on the idea that if you assume every situation can be put to a practical, beneficial use, for the betterment of yourself and your family, then you will find that to be true.

In order to make more progress in less time, keep asking yourself these questions and expect a plausible answer from your brain.

  • How can I use this situation to my advantage?
  • How can we make what appears to be a bad thing, a good thing?
  • In this situation, there is a seed of an equivalent benefit. What is that benefit and where is the seed?

Keep asking yourself these questions, and when you get the answers, act on them immediately.

Then life will become more fun and you will make progress.

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