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  • Writer's pictureJeff McHugh

Use The Difficulty

"Michael Caine - Viennale 2012 g" by Manfred Werner / Tsui is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Film actor Michael Caine tells a story from his early theatre days where he was supposed to enter a scene through a door, but on that night the other actors had spontaneously thrown a chair against the door and it was jammed.


When Michael Caine said, “I can’t get in, there’s a chair there.” Another actor said, “use the difficulty!”


"If it's a comedy, fall over it," the actor explained. "If it's a drama, pick it up and smash it. Use the difficulty."

Life is full of difficulties and the best players improvise through, past or around those challenges. Use the difficulty applies to business too.

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