Harvey Mackay wrote an interesting article on perspective citing, of all things, the changes made to the original golf ball and the nature of those ‘dimples’ they sport.
As Mackay’s story points out, a change of perspective is the reason that smooth golf balls are no longer used by serious golfers today.
The Nature of Things
Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck was a German theoretical physicist who made many contributions to the science of using mathematics to describe certain aspects of nature. His fame primarily came about due to his role as originator of the quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918.
Max was also a philosopher, as well as a gifted pianist who once considered music as a career. And while he experienced much success and recognition in his lifetime, Planck also dealt with his share of personal tragedy and loss.
Often quoted by motivational speakers and coaches working to influence, inspire, and impact corporate leaders and business owners, he expressed his view of ‘things’ simply, but effectively:
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
Apparently, Planck’s nature was to see things differently.
This perspective could explain his ability to discover and accomplish so much within his chosen field of work and likely contributed to the great personal qualities for which his colleagues revered him.
Smooth sailing has its place and no one enjoys being stuck, adrift, without direction. But that’s exactly what happened in 2012 to Salvador Alvarenga, a Salvadoran fisherman living and working in Mexico.
Knowing that he could make enough money in just one day of fishing to survive for an entire week, Alvarenga relied on this perspective when he chose to ignore storm warnings, making a risky business decision that would ultimately cost him and his young crewman dearly.
438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea by Jonathan Franklin, is the amazing account of how Salvador Alvarenga’s perspective was changed through his experience with the forces of nature.
Rough Spots Have A Purpose
- It was discovered that golf balls sail through the air and go farther when rough spots are applied.
- Planck discovered how changing his perspective could change how he viewed life.
- A Salvadoran fisherman discovered that he could survive being stranded at sea for 438 days.
Rough spots in life and business provide a new perspective that can bring about positive change.
Rough spots can be the places where you discover better traction.
Rough spots can be exactly what is needed for greater impact, influence, and inspiration.
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