I thought about what he was trying to tell me, and said, “You know what? I think that actually makes a lot of sense.”

Exactly at that moment, my shift in mindset occurred. Total financial disaster had instantly transformed into my official arrival on the entrepreneurial scene. I was getting sued for the first time, which wasn’t the end of the world. It was actually awesome!

Almost any situation is entirely about mindset. You can view setbacks—like million-dollar lawsuits—as certain death, or you can look at them as opportunity. There is a silver lining to any situation, but you might have to look really hard to find it sometimes. If you have a kick-ass mentor like Ken in your corner, that’s probably a pretty good place to start looking.

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Ken educated me to always look for that silver lining, but, more importantly, he made me realize that I still had a lot to learn. One of those lessons was that we can experience the most personal growth in times of our greatest emotional pain and turmoil. This speaks to something I call the “graduating mindset.”

Every time you experience a painful situation in life or business, you have an opportunity to graduate your mindset. In life, if you’re presented with a relationship issue that challenges you, that’s an opportunity to enhance your tolerance for emotional pain, which will lead to a greater ability to experience love.

The same is true in the business world. That pending lawsuit made me grow exponentially as a person and an entrepreneur. I learned how to deal with the pain of feeling like I was at rock bottom. My dreams of changing the world seemed like they had come to an end, until Ken changed my perspective.