How often have you said, “If only I knew, I could have done that differently?" No. You could not. And, you weren’t supposed to. Everything looks different in retrospect. Had you seen everything perfectly the first time, there would have been no room to expand your thinking. Obstacles may be difficult, but they are always steppingstones. Seeing that makes us better equipped to respond rather than react to challenges. I remember a job I took on as a copywriter. The job didn’t end well. It was way outside my expertise though I didn’t see that. That devastating obstacle, and blow to my ego, was crushing. But it wasn’t long before I was writing again. And, like a floodlight, it charted me on a career path that led to writing four books. But the skills I learned from that job were invaluable and I still use them every day. You will always have obstacles, but it’s how you use them that matters. Given a chance, all obstacles grow up to be ladders.