The Flipside: Finding the Hidden Opportunities in Life

Emma De Vita reviews motivational speaker Adam J Jackson's book on being optimistic

Let's face it: it hasn't been a particularly cheery few months. Some charities have been affected by the collapse of Icelandic banks; others are finding that giving is down; and the threat of redundancy hangs over us all. Well, forget the negative - let's focus on the positive. Is your glass half full or half empty?

Motivational speaker Adam J Jackson recently published a book called The Flipside: Finding The Hidden Opportunities In Life. He describes his theory as "an exciting, life-changing phenomenon that reveals how to turn any problem or obstacle to your advantage; and how to turn any loss into a gain, and any failure into success".

This theory can help you in your career and with the problems you face every day as a third sector manager. As Jackson writes: "There are significant flipsides to be found in a recession. Difficult times force us to re-evaluate how we live and how we work." Apparently, the key to seeing the flipside of adverse events or circumstances is to cultivate an optimistic and entrepreneurial mindset that enables you to see hidden opportunities.

So if your boss tells you that you won't be able to hire that new person to help with fundraising events, don't flail around in a blind panic or lock yourself in the stationery cupboard. Bring the whole team in and ask them for their ideas. Take a leaf out of Monty Python's book, and always look on the bright side of life.

 - Emma De Vita is editor of the books pages on Management Today

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