Monday, September 13, 2010
Opportunity is a Destination
As an elementary student, I had the opportunity to raise money for multiple sclerosis. I raised the most money in my class and was featured in the Anderson Herald for winning my very first dirt bike.
In high school I took drawings I had completed in my drafting class to a local architect (John S. Kane) and asked for an opportunity to work after school. John was gracious enough to hire me and I have been working in the field of architecture ever since.
While in college, I was heading back to my dorm and saw a posting for a study abroad trip to Italy. I took the opportunity to fill out the paper work and raised money from family members which allowed me to travel to Milan, Venice, and Lugano, Switzerland.
Opportunity is everywhere around us. Opportunities are places that we all pass by, some cease the place in time opportunity presents them, while others aren’t prepared and have to watch the opportunity escape them.
Opportunities have the potential to link us to places by our memory of them. Places are important!
Remember the last important decision you made? What opportunity presented itself that caused you to be where you are today?
Every opportunity doesn’t always lead to success. But the opportunity for success always exists.
How do we capitalize on opportunity? There are all kinds of opportunities which allow all of us to look at the same situation and even view the same facts but see something entirely different.
It is the way we see things that allows us to arrive at different opportunities. For instance, if we look at the unemployment rate of 10%, some people sign off in situations like these as hopeless, their words and actions follow their thoughts and before you know it when you come into contact with them they are walking billboards of despair.
While someone else might look at the unemployment rate and see the opportunity to market, sell to, or take advantage of the 90% of people who are still employed. Their energy and attention is fixed on solving a problem or servicing a need.
Opportunity is a destination. It is a place that is made by a sequence of decisions. It is a place that can be used to take us farther, higher, deeper into life changing life alter experiences. For some experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want. For others experience represent some of the most cherished moment in our lives.
To be prepared for the destination of opportunity, begin to take a holistic approach to every situation that you come in contact with daily. If you were on the outside of the situation how would you view it, what decision would you make? Our response is inevitably shaped by what we feed ourselves for information. Take inventory of your thoughts.
The opportunity is yours!