Most people see challenges as something that is happening that should not be happening i.e. this isn’t fair, this shouldn’t be happening to me.
However, when you look back on your life, it will likely be that you did not go through unscathed and unerringly and that is a good thing. Life isn’t static and neither are we.
“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” ~ African Proverb
How could you ever learn to run faster as a child if did not you fall down or start off slow?
Yet, as adults we tend to veer away from life’s challenges as something unwanted. We seek to avoid them or desire someone else to sort it out for us. As children we just naturally problem solved i.e. got back up again.
As adults we tend to wrap a story around why we fell and whose fault it was, lol!
In our Book Arb business we have made tons of mistakes and that is how we have learned. Each time we have encountered a new challenge, we have had to learn to flex a new muscle and to eliminate the challenge and thereby become stronger.
That is why our business continues to grow because we continue to grow. It’s not an absence of challenges that brings this about but the very presence of them.
It’s called natural evolution. How could we become super successful unless we passed through the successful phase?
A life without challenge is like an ocean without a tide. It doesn’t exist. Nor do we really want it to.
What if instead of balking at challenges and being guarded about them we welcomed them as the next building block for success? Would that change our perspective and our response?
What if we celebrate the challenge as a fantastic way to grow ourselves and our business, answered prayers as it were, do you think the solutions would come easier and the whole journey would be made more fun?
“An obstacle is often a stepping stone.” ~ William Prescott
So if challenges are a good thing. Then surely the opportunity to find fun ways to interact with them is a good thing. We move forward and gain another victory – a good thing.
By eliminating them not as something unwanted but as making room for the next stepping stone our forward motion and success is assured.
When we bought books that were not that profitable, we learned to read the Keepa charts more accurately and to buy books that were more profitable. When we repriced in an unproductive way, we learned to reprice much more effectively. When we had gated books we found a solution for that. You get the point.
We have become more skilled at making money in our Book Arb business because we met challenges, not because we didn’t.
That is why we are becoming so successful now. Plus, our road and learning curve to success has been made all the more pleasant and short by travelling this road with other book arbers who are also meeting and eliminating challenges in their businesses.
“Success is a continuing thing. It is growth and development. It is achieving one thing and using that as a stepping stone to achieve something else.” ~ John C. Maxwell
Next, I will discuss how creating financing for our business has changed my approach to life and the success we are experiencing…..