Obstacles are problems that get in the way of a goal. This is commonly used to describe hardships in life and issues in business. The following are illustrative examples.
FinancialA lack of financial resources. Poverty is a fundamental type of life obstacle.
TimeTime is a fixed resources such that consumption of time can be an obstacle. For example, a student who has to take care of a sick relative at home may have much less time for study than their peers.
HealthHealth problems can severely drain the time, energy, focus and resources of an individual.
ResourcesA lack of resources. For example, a student who has no working electronic devices when their school suddenly shifts to learn-from-home.
StabilityA lack of social or economic stability. For example, a child who has strong emotional disruptions due to the divorce of their parents.
SocietyProblems fitting into the systems and institutions of society. For example, a lack of citizenship or residency where you live such that you face great instability and a lack of rights such as access to a healthcare system.
Cultural CapitalCultural capital is the ability to socialize and influence in the context of a culture. For example, an exchange student who finds it difficult to find friends and relate in a different culture.
EducationAccess to education and quality of education. For example, a student who attends a school with low standards and frequent disruptions in class such that they have no realistic chance of learning to their full potential.
RelationshipsA lack of valuable relationships such as good friends.
SocialSocial problems such as a student who faces exclusion and bullying from their peers.
BiasesBiases such as a disabled person who faces discrimination and social prejudice on a daily basis that becomes exhausting.
Quality of LifeQuality of life issues such as a child who lives in a place with unacceptable air quality.
KnowledgeDifficulties in acquiring required knowledge. For example, an individual who starts a farm without a farming background or support from experienced farmers.
FailuresFailures themselves can be obstacles. For example, a failed crop that threatens a farming business sending it into a period of instability.
TechnicalTechnical problems such as a student who has a laptop that malfunctions when a large number of essays are due.
InfrastructureBasic services that are low quality or unreliable. For example, a student with an unstable and slow internet connection.
PoliticalPolitical obstacles such as a manager who has political foes who sabotage their projects.
InternalObstacles can relate to a person themselves including their personality, talents, behavior and cognitive limitations. For example, a student with an intense fear of public speaking who pursues a career that requires high visibility.
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