[May 25, 2018] It wasn’t that long ago that opportunities for young adults in employment, education, and service to one’s country were available to all; no longer. Today, that means that when opportunity knocks … get moving through that door and take advantage of it.
“When opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle, American comedian and actor
The quote by Milton Berle strikes as common sense. But for a large segment of the population, to include leaders, the advice he gives falls on deaf ears. Many don’t want to take the risk that a new opportunity affords. They fear to step into the unknown and will hold themselves back to a life unfulfilled.
A lack of courage – fear – is what keeps many from developing themselves and improving their livelihood. I’m no psychologist, but I do know that it is only natural to fear the unknown. That is why leaders should be mentors and coaches to help push people just enough that they succeed in making good decisions to overcome barriers.
Opportunities come in many forms. Often we don’t even recognize it or we see it too late to benefit ourselves. It does require some skills to “see” those and the “courage” to take advantage of an opportunity. And, despite what you hear that opportunity only comes once, ignore it. Take some simple advice and put yourself out there, out front, and only by doing so will you begin to see what is available. There will always be opportunities everywhere you look.
As a mentor, I tell people that a good attitude is essential. Why? Everyone comes across opportunities where others would benefit. They could pass along that information or decide to do nothing with it. If they know you and know that you have a positive attitude, are respectful, possess humility, and are a good person, they are more inclined to tell you about it.
The first thing folks have to do about taking advantage of any opportunity is that it can require effort and hard work, but you must put your mind to it. A life of mediocrity and failure awaits those who chose to do nothing. So, put a smile on your face and go through that door even before opportunity knocks.
Note: Here are some good “opportunity knocks” quotes that I liked – https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/opportunity_knocks