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.