Opportunities

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” - Winston Churchill

We are in an age of opportunities. Never before has there been such a time where the freedom to discover, learn and choose has been made available to our society as today. Advances in science and technology have given us the ability to save time and become increasingly more productive. Where it once would have taken months, we can now travel to global destinations in a matter of hours. We have access to 1000s of years of knowledge of economic and human development. Technology such as the radio, TV, telephone and internet has radically reduced communication and information barriers. In much of the developed and developing nations education is mandatory from an early age. The scope of career possibilities is vast and there has probably never been a better time to become an entrepreneur – with more people, more opportunities, funding and investors than ever before. So with all these possibilities and opportunities, why don’t more people ‘go for it?’

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."- Thomas A. Edison.

Zig Ziglar shares an interesting statistic in that according to Walter Hailey, legal immigrants to the USA are 4 times more likely to become millionaires than the person born in the USA. It seems that when they arrive in the US they come with a willingness to work hard and a heart of gratitude. They are just amazed at the possibilities before them and are willing to start work as cheaply as required. So ultimately they seize whatever they can to learn and develop. On the other hand those born in the US can quickly become familiar with their surrounding and can often miss the opportunities right before them. So through hard work and persistence we can increase the opportunities that come to us, not strictly because of what we’re doing, but because of what we’re becoming. As we work to increase in the things that money can buy, we should also focus on the things that money cannot buy. Qualities like integrity, generosity, compassion and patience.

Opportunities will always arrive in the many facets of our life. We should seek to be more aware and take hold of them while they lie before us. Helen Keller comments that, "When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us." This can be true. Nevertheless, the past should only serve us to improve our future. God is more patient than we realize and it’s only because He wants us to improve and save both our own lives and those that are around us. “…He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish…” 2Pet 3:9. Opportunities will always come and go so seize them while you can. And always remember that even in every difficulty lies the chance for you to learn and grow.

God bless and protect
Chidi

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Quote of the week:
“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” - Albert Einstein

 

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