Although they happen hundreds of times every day, we don’t put much thought into our thought defaults; the place we immediately go in our minds when an event, situation or conversation takes place in our business. But thought defaults are alive and well in our minds and they tend to weave themselves into a repetitive pattern regardless of circumstance. The question is whether the pattern enhances our position, or begins to confuse and sabotage it. Does it begin to take control of us, or do we take control of it? Benjamin Zander takes common mistakes we make and shares the idea that mistakes or obstacles we create or encounter in life don’t need to be instantly debilitating; they can be undeniably fascinating. He goes on to convey that the supportive attributes found in looking at adversity though the lens of curiosity are vast, and that our defaults can view trouble as an opportunity regardless of size or scope, and as a platform for innovation, not anxiety. Fascinating to say the least. Brilliant? Absolutely! In my book ShiftPoints, I tweak the word “Add”versity. I accentuate the word “add,” because there are rarely books, therapy, seminars or otherwise that can add more value than when we choose to see walls as steps and trials as gain. But it does require the default of skepticism or stress be replaced with optimism coupled with innovation. Focus on the solution today, not the problem.