Know When to Embrace the Opportunity

It has been said that you have to love what you do, but that’s not necessarily true.  What is true is that you have to love the opportunity.  We are talking about the opportunity to build life, future, health, success and fortune.  Knocking on someone’s door or making that extra effort to go out of your way to contact someone may not be something you love to do, but you love the opportunity of what might be behind that door or call.

For example, a guy says, “I’m digging ditches. Should I love digging ditches?”  The answer is, “No, you don’t have to love digging ditches, but if it is your first entry onto the ladder of success, you say, ‘I’m glad somebody gave me the opportunity to dig ditches and I’m going to do it so well, I won’t be here long.’”  If you look back on all the really successful people, the people who know how to win, you will usually find that they had pretty humble beginnings.  You will also find that they were not afraid to do the less glorious jobs too try to advance their position.  Plus, when you have humble beginnings, you enjoy it when you have succeeded much more.

You can be inspired by having found something.  Even though you are making mistakes in the beginning and it can be a little distasteful taking on a new discipline that you haven’t learned before.  You don’t have to love it, you just have to learn to appreciate opportunity and appreciate the person who brought you the good news—who found you.

Appreciate the person who believed in you before you believed in yourself, appreciate the person who said, “Hey, if I can do it, you can do it.”  People who don’t owe you anything, but take the time to help you just because they can.  These are the really special people.  These are the “true heroes” in my book.

If you will embrace the disciplines associated with the new opportunity you will soon find that your self-confidence starts to grow, that you go from being a skeptic to being a believer.  Soon, when you go out person to person, talking to people, you will find it to be the most thrilling opportunity in the world.  Every person you meet—what could it be?  Unlimited!  Maybe a friend for life.  The next person could be an open door to retiring.  The next person could be a colleague for years to come.  It’s big-time stuff.  Sometimes in the beginning when we are just getting started we don’t always see how big it is.

So, before you are tempted to give up or get discouraged, remember all success is based on long-term commitment, faith, discipline, attitude and a few stepping-stones along the way.  You might not like the stone you are on right now, but it’s sure to be one of the stones that lead to great opportunities in the future.

Adapted from article “Love the Opportunity” by Jim Rohn.

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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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One Response to Know When to Embrace the Opportunity

  1. Stephanie says:

    I can’t believe I’m putting this in writing…but you’re right. It’s SO easy to get discouraged…but then you read something like this and you’re reminded that we get very narrow-minded sometimes. We absolutely don’t see how big something can be…the potential that things have. Great blog!

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