We often complain and groan that things do not go our way. It seems as though some selected few have been earmarked for all the wonderful things in life and that the rest of us would just have to make do with what is available. But I say to you today that whatever your experience of life is, this state of mind is flawed. Instead, it is in the challenges of life that we find opportunities.

Yesterday, I came across a picture that said that one of the most searched sentences on Google from Nigeria was ‘How to make Banga’. For a lot of people, that would seem like a challenge; with all of the power of information that Google can provide, we as a country are still not harnessing its full power. But what if I chose to look at the positive side: at the demand for making Banga. What if I decided to start a blog or a website on various Banga recipes and probably name the domain banga.ng?

Challenges are the pathways to opportunities and the more you are able to see challenges as opportunities, the more you would complain less and work harder. It doesn’t seem to come easy. Every great thing comes through a lot of hard (and smart) work, but in the end, only those who are willing to think differently get the reward. So seek for whatever challenges you face today and see how you can find the opportunities in them. If you find it challenging, then another person might also find it challenging. Simply fix it. That is all you need to do.

By complaining and whining about challenges, we are doing one thing well. Complaining. But does that solve the problem? Obviously not. So the most important thing you have to do is to realize that complaining does not make challenges go away. As such, the only thing left to do is to look for the opportunity and keep looking until we find it.

Life does not always give us a finished product, it gives us the raw material from which we are meant to find the solution.

Every time you face a challenge, assume you have been given a raw material. Then find time to extract the impurities out of the challenge. All you would be left with is simply the main product. And sometimes challenges may not mean the solution is out there, sometimes it simply means that we ourselves are the raw materials and we would need to work on ourselves to have a finished product; a product everyone would like and appreciate.

Always find ways to refine and improve yourself every day. We are not perfect. So when you realize a challenge, look inwards first, then look outwards. Challenges are the pathways to opportunities.