A simple word puzzle to test mindsets. The world is full of pessimists. You know, the half empty type, and this icebreaker highlights that. It also gets people thinking. Opportunity is all around us, and here we have a chance to illustrate that.

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Ready, Steady, Go!

Print out or handwrite the capitalized words, OPPORTUNITYISNOWHERE on a business card, piece of paper or cardboard. Keep it hidden in your pocket until you find the right moment to reveal it.


Let me take this opportunity to show you something.

Lend me your ears


Are you a glass half-full or glass half empty person? Optimist or pessimist?

Whatever the answer, pull out your cardboard letter test.

Seal the Deal and Reveal


Let’s test your theory, what does this say?

Reveal the letters directly in front of their eyes. They will most likely answer, "Opportunity is nowhere."


Wow, what a Debbie Downer… opportunity is nowhere, are you sure? Don’t you mean, Opportunity is now here?

This should bring a smile to their face as they see the riddle answered. Hand them the cardboard to try on others.


Take it and try it on others… spread some positivity.

Some extra lines you can try

  • Is the glass half full or half empty… or do we just get the bartender to top us up?
  • Here’s your opportunity to try it on others. (Hand them the cardboard)
  • When opportunity knocks, make sure you’re not in the bath.
  • What’s got five syllables and a world of possibilities? Opportunity.
Anticipated responses and retorts

Did you see get it the first time?

I did the same as you.

Is there really opportunity now here?

You better believe it.

Does everyone see the glass as half empty?

For some reason, yes. But let’s try change all that.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to get people to think positive.
  • When you want to emphasise a point about how opportunity is all around us.
  • When you want to stimulate some creative thinking.
Where to use it
  • office
  • mentoring
  • sales meetings
  • team building events
  • brainstorming sessions
Getting ready
Items required
  • a printout with the text on it
  • If you have the paper strip with the text on it and you are all set.
  • If you cut the text printout into a strip and laminate it, then that works well.
Training required
  • This does not work on everyone but on most people, so try it a few times and see.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • It may not work on everyone so try it with a group.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material


size size

small (it fits in your pocket)

durability durability

it is paper, so don’t get it wet

source source

friends in London

time to impact time to impact

pretty much there and then

size of audience size of audience

this is best in a group but can also work as a one-on-one tool

possible health risk possible health risk

it may upset some pessimists

reusable how many times you can use it

once per person

training needed training needed

works right away

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