Opportunity, they say, is like a bald-headed man with only a patch of hair right in front. While this is funny to imagine, it is also quite true. It is because of his small patch of hair that they say if you don’t grab hold of opportunity while it is confronting you, it will slip away.
So how do you seize opportunity when it confronts you? How do one recognize opportunity early enough to grab a hold of it and make the most of it? Today, we explore some ways to do just that.
A Quote on Opportunity by Milton Berle
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”. – Milton Berle
Our quote today is from Milton Berle, Mr. Television himself. He was one of the first major Television Stars and had a career that spanned over 80 years. We will take a closer look at his quote later.
Success equals Preparation plus Opportunity
Seizing opportunity is done primarily through preparation. As a matter of fact, there are no successful endeavors without adequate preparation. The saying goes that success is where preparation and opportunity meet. Grabbing hold of an opportunity you are not prepared for is unproductive. This is because without skills, opportunity cannot be effectively used.
Skill acquisition is paramount, regardless of your field of endeavor. We must also remember that it’s not enough to have a college degree or an advanced degree. We must be committed to learning and enlarging our skill bank so that we can take advantage of a wide range of opportunities when they present themselves.
Hard Work and Seizing Opportunity
Another way to take advantage of opportunity is through diligence. Simply put, diligence is hard work. Lazy people never seem to be able to find the right opportunities. This is because opportunity often disguises itself as hard work.
When a person becomes committed to working hard, he discovers that more people want to work with him and more responsibility is given to him. More responsibility translates to more opportunities.
Create your Opportunity
Looking back at the wise words of Milton Berle in our earlier quote, we see that opportunity can also be created. This can be done by taking calculated risks, preparation and skill acquisition, hard work and quite plainly, by hustling. Seizing opportunity opens doors.
Today we leave you with this: grab hold of opportunity when it presents itself. If opportunity doesn’t present itself, create your own opportunity. Start where you are and pursue your goals.
Do you have any stories on how you grabbed opportunity? Do you have an example of missed opportunities? How have you created opportunity? Leave us a comment; we would love to hear from you.
We also leave you with this funny quote,
“Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders.” – Sloan Wilson
Have a great week ahead.
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