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Tycoonism -“Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.”

August 27, 2009

Either we grasp hold of Opportunity when it approaches, or it passes us by swiftly and leaves us nothing by which to detain it.And every experience in life is indeed an opportunity. Life is a precious gift that offers us the opportunity to give something back by becoming more. Over the course of life, each one of us is faced with a continuous series of great opportunities, most of them brilliantly disguised as impossible obstacles. Those obstacles that appear to be most challenging, offer us opportunities to discover deep resources within ourselves – provided we choose an appropriate response.
Not all of the questions you ask will have answers. For certain questions, you might get answers that do not excite you at all. However, some of the questions you ask will have answers that tell you that there might be a possibility for an opportunity to develop.

The key is to be able to recognize opportunities and not let it pass. Most of the times, temptation is on your face and lures you back to bad habits and bad situations.

Then you ask me, “But Mr Tycoon, the money is there and all I have to do is pick it up.”

Sure the money was there beckoning you. But you have the following options: 1) to pick it up and find its owner, 2) to pick it up and keep the wallet and whatever is inside, justifying that finders are keepers, 3) to ignore the wallet and move on to wherever you are going… and the options and possible actions as well as their possible implications move on.

We need to be able to choose wisely. Choose what is right over what is wrong. Success starts with a commitment to the desired outcome. It has very little to do with luck and everything with the commitment to be prepared when opportunity shows up. The great Roman philosopher Seneca taught that luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we notice too late the one that is open. Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.

Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can. Stay present in the process so that you remain aware of all the subtle aspects. Own the process by reviewing what worked and what did not; fine-tune your approach and let go of emotional attachment to the process. When you do this, you are able to distill the lessons you learn from every experience. Positive actions are positive experiences!

Life’s ups and downs provide you with opportunities to determine your true values and goals. You discover your values and goals by exploring and experiencing what they are not – that is not failure; that is learning. Instead of labeling your learning as failure, think of every experience as a stepping stone to build the life you want. The quicker you release the limiting concepts of success and failure, the sooner you will be free to grasp onto new opportunities and to produce fabulous results.

The next time Opportunity knocks, may you be ready to grasp it by the forelock and let its winged feet carry your efforts to full completion!

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  1. Tamela permalink
    August 27, 2009 10:19 am


    Its good to know opportunity will knock, but its sad to know fear is standing right beside it. We have to learn to push that fear aside and let opportunity in. I’m speaking for myself to say sometimes my vocabulary is not up to par, yes that’s fear, sometimes I feel nervous speaking in front of people, yes that too is fear. Its those things that hold me back. I got tired of being held back. I can say that God is good and faithful, because opportunities keep coming my way and I’m changing those things that use to hinder me. So don’t be afraid of your chance to make a difference because of fears, temptations, or distractions. Stay prayed up and start asking God to help you overcome your challenges. So when your next opportunity comes, you’ll be ready.


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