I am reading The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander. Their premise is that "many of the circumstances that seem to block us in our daily lives may only appear to do so based on a framework of assumptions we carry with us."
Draw a different frame around the same set of circumstances and a WHOOPS becomes an opportunity. I loved this one example they give, which you may of heard before.
A shoe factory sends two marketing scouts to a region of Africa to stdy the prospects for expanding business. One sends back word-- SITUATION HOPELESS NO ONE WEARS SHOES.
The other writes back triumphantly, GLORIOUS BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY THEY HAVE NO SHOES.