Opportunities: Some See Them, Some Don’t
I was discussing the movie “Charlie Wilson’s War” with a colleague this morning. She, like I, marveled at the opportunity the United States missed when we failed to spend any money re-building Afghanistan after we helped that country defeat the Soviets. Charlie Wilson saw the opportunity to build friendships and an ongoing relationship, but Congress, despite the minimal cost, failed to see it and thus failed to act.
Opportunity abounds. It floats free in the universe for all to see. Why don’t we all see it?
Some wear blinders, focused only on the road ahead of them, looking neither to the left or the right, up or down.
Some are in too much of a hurry to get where they think they are going.
Some are too busy having fun.
And some may not have the confidence to think of themselves as someone who can take an opportunity and run with it.
Opportunity can be presented randomly or it can be the result of hard work and planning. Whichever, we must be on the lookout for it. We must be observant, ready and willing. And we must make sure that we have maximized our capabilities so we take advantage of an opportunity when we spot it.
Going back to Charlie Wilson, it is easy to see what he accomplished. He took advantage of his opportunity to do something great.
But it was not until he had a PURPOSE that he did it. If you have a purpose in life and you know what it is, opportunities will become visible that will help you achieve it. Once you have a purpose, you will be more alert looking for chances to achieve it.
Purpose + The Right Guide/Mentor + Opportunity can lead to Big Success.