According to Qureshi, attitude is more important than intelligence or facts, and blame looks backwards while responsibility looks forward. It’s easy for businesses and individuals to point to many factors to blame for failure. Qureshi contends it’s not about circumstances, it’s about choice—the world is and always has been improbable and complex.
“We must learn to dance on a shifting carpet, not see the rug as being pulled from under our feet,” he said. “Opportunities are never lost, they are simply found by someone else who chose to think differently.”
In his final point, Qureshi commented that as humans we do three things with all information that comes our way; we delete, we distort, and we filter according to our own belief systems. In his role working with elite sports professionals, Qureshi said his biggest challenge was convincing them that the world that they are experiencing is merely a reflection of their own attitude towards it.
“Everything new that is worth having was made by someone with a mindset for change,” he said. “The best performers in business and sport are incredibly open-minded, neither accepting the world as neither good nor bad, but simply as it is. Recognize that the world you experience is merely a reflection of the way you see it.”