Sunday, January 31, 2010

Adversity & Open Mind Leads To Innovation

Earlier, this past week, I unfortunately injured my left wrist.  Subsequently, the pain has been so intense, for the past several days, that I have not been able to use the keyboard on my computer.

This morning it occurred to me there must be a speech recognition application available, that could facilitate my being productive, while my wrist is healing.  To my delight I discovered Microsoft Office has this functionality built into its software suite.  For more information regarding use of voice recognition with Microsoft office please visit their website clicking here.

After about fifteen minutes of setup work, including synchronization of my voice with the computer, I was up and running with this tool.  I am really quite excited about it because, truth be told, I speak much faster than I type.  In addition I have recently become increasingly concerned about the health of my wrist tendons, as I’ve noticed they are increasingly sensitive to my extensive computer use.

This situation brings to mind a simple truth … that a challenging situation can often lead to an innovative solution. Reality is if you want something bad enough you will find a way to make it happen. A strong spirit combined with an open mind is a daunting force against adversity.  By thinking outside the box I turned a frustrating situation into a winner.

While I am sometimes irritated by challenges that arise I realize it is those “bumps in the road“ that lead to learning experiences. Clearly voice recognition software has been around for quite awhile.  I am guessing many of my readers probably already knew that Microsoft office had this capability.  For me, this “ah hah“ moment was the highlight of my week.

Question – what recent challenging moment has occurred in your life that generated an innovation of some sort? Please tell us about it!

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Jenise Fryatt January 31, 2010 at 1:17 pm

What an inspiring post, Mike! I have experienced LOTS of difficulties that have forced me to grow and learn. Probably the most recent and most life-changing for me was the downturn in the economy coupled w/the loss of our main sales person at Icon. This turn of events forced us to look for new ways to market the company and led me to discover social media as a marketing tool. If you had told me a year ago that I’d be doing what I now do everyday (and love!) I’d have laughed!

It can really be tough to see the opportunities that are inherent in adversity. But when you do, amazing things happen. Thanks for reminding me.


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