A Hollywood producer scrawled a curt rejection on a manuscript that became “Gone With the Wind.” He had no vision for what that book could become.
Henry Ford’s largest original investor sold all his stock in 1906. What could have happened had he shared Ford’s vision for his company?
Orville and Wilbur Wright felt excited. On December 17, 1903, they had finally succeeded in keeping their homemade airplane in the air for 59 seconds. Immediately, they rushed a telegram to their sister in Dayton, Ohio, telling of this great accomplishment. The telegram read, “First sustained flight today fifty-nine seconds. Hope to be home by Christmas.”
Upon receiving the news of the successful flight, their sister was so excited that she rushed to the newspaper office and gave the telegram to the editor.
The next morning the newspaper headed the story: “Popular Local Bicycle Merchants To Be Home For Holidays.”
Can you see the real story? Are you looking for the hidden potential lurking behind every situation? Do you recognize those obscure opportunities cleverly disguised as glaring problems?
Your sight may be perfect, but how’s your vision?
Reprinted from Grace Drops, Volume 4 (2006).