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June 24, 2012

Management & Leadership: How Extremely Successful People Turn Obstacles Into Assets

At Forbes, we aren’t big on clichés like "every time God closes a door he opens a window,†or "there are no problems, only opportunities.â€

People who succeed at work and in life believe and act as if "everything is a gift.†Well, maybe not every single thing imaginable. But assuming that everything is a gift is a good way of looking at the problems and surprises you’ll encounter in any endeavor, such as getting a new venture off the ground, obtaining buy-in with your boss, or launching a new product line in an ultra-competitive market.

Why take this seemingly Pollyannaish approach? There are three key reasons.

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