I encountered one guy who was pondering how to market his website without spending much money. I suggested a contest and his first respond “I can’t afford that”. Basically he was limiting his options in the first meters – without even considering how he could arrange the contest. This type of attitude is much different from for example what one friend of mine has.
He was recently dealing with a small technical problem and asked my advice on the matter. It was a situation where 2 technical solutions couldn’t be easily used together. Anyway, instead of picking one solution he asked me:
How can I get both?
Notice how different approach this is to solving problems. Instead of saying “I can’t afford that” one can simply ask: “how can I afford that”. The problem solving attitude requires one to focus on ways to reach what he wants – not to state something cannot be done.