"The obstacle is the way." That is the title of a book. It is more of a book about overcoming personal struggles, as opposed to taking advantage of external events, but there are a few business examples. Regardless, the spirit of the phrase is acutely applicable to creatives, because creatives have the imagination and drive to see the way and to forge ahead.
Here is a stellar example: This teen came up with a low-cost way to get plastic out of our oceans. He says, "The oceanic currents moving around is not an obstacle. It's a solution. Why move through the oceans if the oceans can move through you? … Let the rotating currents do their work." The obstacle is the way. Source article and video.
When you see others asking the same questions or making the same complaints, over and over again, congratulations, you have identified an opportunity. A roadblock, a source of inefficiency, or a lack of something can be the perfect chance and motivation to invent something new or to fill a marketing void. Do something with it, be it for altruism or for personal profit. It doesn’t have to be something monumental, either, just a solution!
In a time when so many people are out of shape, in debt, disconnected, and unhappy, the ability to think creatively and the courage to put it into motion is key. Energy, when there are attempts to block it, will find a way around, following the new path of least resistance, like a lively river going around an old dam, brittle and crumbling over time. If you are passionate about something, let your energy do this. Circumvent outmoded misconceptions, ignore or distance yourself from negativity. Be proactive and keep moving.
Always keep this expression in the back of your mind and be on alert for opportunities.