Ann Haney: Problems transformed to provision

In today’s society, a challenge is considered an invasion on your life bringing delay, frustration and inconvenience.
Jun 8, 2014
Ann Haney

In today’s society, a challenge is considered an invasion on your life bringing delay, frustration and inconvenience. The natural inclination of people is to avoid problems and live life to the fullest, but could it be possible that through problems ability to live life to the fullest is found? Could it be that your problem is really your opportunity for advancement and the door to your provision? It is all in the way we view a situation as to what the outcome will be. 

Many of life’s visions come through talents, gifts, and hobbies. But a large majority of success is found in the steps of challenge as a solution is discovered and story unfolded. For Austin Haney, a 16-year-old entrepreneur this became a truth. Austin lived a normal teen life, cellphones, music, school and extra-curricular activities. Then, it happened; life halted when the cellphone malfunctioned and life ceased to exist as he knew it. 

I really can’t imagine how my parents existed without the cell phone accountability system in place. Typical thought patterns for most of us was exactly what he demonstrated—drive- through delivery of a quick fix solution. The response, “Mom we need to go get me a new phone.” Wouldn’t it be great if life were that easy, no problem that couldn’t be solved at the snap of a finger. Unfortunately, the easy way often hinders from finding the best way with long-term benefits. 

Mom did not immediately receive “Mother of the Year” when she declined the immediate new phone, but suggested another solution—save for it. Not satisfied with this delayed solution, Austin found himself looking beyond the normal and discovering a long-term solution to what would become a major financial success in his life. He began researching phone repair and 17 hours later and $6 in parts he had changed his circumstances and overcome his problem. 

The confidence he gained through this empowered his mind to see opportunity through obstacle. Austin turned his problem into his provision as he built a business at the age of 16 around repairing cellphones, laptops, and iPads. 

Shortly after, he was offered a position at a cellphone company, training employees to repair devices and within a short period of time became manager conducting all hiring, ordering, training, and scheduling. 

At 17, Austin has built a successful business and obtained great credibility with his customers. Austin is quickly approaching the point of opening his own retail store to further his purpose and increase his provision. Before his young achieved success Austin’s ambitions only reached that of becoming a grocery store bagger to earn money. 

Now, he has realized that problems equal potential and ability starts with determination. Although Austin is intelligent, it is not what changed his life. His life was changed when his focus redirected from the problem to a solution followed by determination to change his circumstance. 

 Potential for success is inside every individual. It only needs to be unleashed from doubt, discouragement and frustration of the situation. Austin proves that success can be achieved, and dreams made reality when you view your obstacles as opportunities. 

Austin can be contacted at CellulER Repairs, cellulerrepairs@yahoo.com for parts, service and repairs. 

On June 18 from noon until 1 p.m., I will present the program, “Couponing to the Max,” at Green House Ministries in Murfreesboro.

On June 20 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., I will present the program,  “Finding and Initiating Your Purpose,” at Gondolier in Murfreesboro. 

Ann Haney is homeschool mother of 18-plus years to six children, including four entrepreneurs, CEO of Aaron Publishing, founder of Ann Haney Ministries and Living In Abundance, nationwide motivational speaker, coupon specialist, empowerment coach and best-selling author of 18 published products, including her books, “Exploding Into Successful Entrepreneurship” and “Single Steps In A Married World.” Contact Ann at ann@annhaney.com to schedule a speaking engagement, individual coaching or view her website for more information at annhaney.com.

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