One way to respond to opportunity is to learn to recognize it, even when it is disguised as difficulty. In a famous study by Victor and Mildred Goertzel, the home backgrounds of 300 highly successful people were investigated. All 300 of these people made it to the top of their respected fields. And they were names all of us would probably recognize…like Franklin Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Albert Schweitzer, Clara Barton, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Ghandi…
Here is what the study revealed: Three-fourths of these people were troubled in childhood by either poverty, broken homes, rejection, or over possessive or dominating parents. 74 of the 85 writers of fiction or drama—and 16 of the 20 poets—came from homes where, as children, they saw or experienced physical, emotional, or spiritual abuse.
More than 75 of the 300 were victims of physical handicaps, such as blindness, deafness, or crippled limbs. And yet every one of them somehow recognized the “advantage of disadvantage” and became the people God had called them to be.
It’s amazing that some people automatically conclude that difficulty, adversity, obstacles and objections are signs that God is closing the door of opportunity. And most of the time that is just not true!
Source: From a sermon by Gregory McDonald Sr., “Open Doors”