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When Opportunity Knocks What Does It Look Like To You?

Occasionally when opportunity knocks it is delivered by the local UPS® driver – containing contracts, tickets etc. But unfortunately, it is not Opportunity-Knocksas often as we would like it to be.  If opportunity always came via a driver in a brown uniform;

  1. We definitely would always be excited to see the driver no matter the hour.
  2. We would definitely know that it was an opportunity.
  3. We would actually pay attention to what was being delivered.

Many times opportunity is disguised or shrouded in casual conversation. With such obvious statements as, “Would you like to go and check out . . . ?” Or the equally noticeable statement of, “Have you seen . . .?”  Or one of my all time favorites is, “If you think you can do better.  Then you do it!”

  • Every Success Multilevel Level Marketer started out by simply accepting an invitation to see or do something.
  • I started out my very successful but short Disc Jockey career in 1980 by telling my friend “Fred” his song choice sucked and his song wouldn’t work.  I was right, the song wasn’t the right one and  people left the dance floor in droves. So in frustration he said, “If you think you can do better.  Then you do it!”  So I took up the challenge and promptly DJ my first dance which lead me and a few friends into the creation of a company a short time later called “Superstar Music.”

I have to admit Tina is far more astute in seeing the opportunities in the “Would you like to go and check out . . . ?” category than little ole me <Blush> as she is the consummate connector.  She is also a little more flexible when it comes to changing of plans.

Big sigh, Yes!, there is room for improvement in my flexibility around plans and schedules. I also can’t beat myself up to much for my inflexibility because in my world, my word is my law and it is my bond. Tina has this as well. Just not as strong as little ole’ me. If I say I am going to do something. I will do it, period even if a different opportunity comes up.  She may try to have change her previous commitment.  I will keep mine without trying to change it.

Though I easily am able to take the stage and share with 100’s of people. My problem solving style is that of an introvert. I go within first and then eventually I turn outwards if I haven’t solved the issue. Tina’s problem solving style is that of the extravert, she goes outward, asking others first and then goes inwards.

So we often see opportunity differently when Opportunity knocks!

The good thing is when we do see opportunity we both react in pretty much the same way.  We run with it full on!  We invest our selves fully.  It is all or nothing!

How do you respond to Opportunity?

Sometimes opportunity knocks, but most of the time it sneaks up and then quietly steals away.
–  Doug Larson


Every One Needs an Adventure. . . or Quest!

Historically ‘Adventure’ was the domain of the ‘Man’. But in truth women have always been drawn to ‘Adventure’ but the societal roles and pressures of times gone-bye really didn’t allow for it.

But, in today’s ever changing world, women are increasingly leading the charge for a life of adventure, an opportunity not afforded to women a mere 100 years ago.

So let me ask you this.  What happened to living your life to the fullest? Where is the daring adventurer that you dreamed of being as a kid? Many of us, including me at times have lost the passion for adventure that fueled our childhood.

For in true adventure we find much more about life than the cheap thrill of adrenaline, we find ourselves.

Adventure is the element of a full life that has perhaps being the most neglected in our modern society. To have grand adventures and be able to tell tales of them is central to our personal development. One of the problems is that in this age of technological revolution we have written off adventure and exploration as things of the past, it being no longer necessary thanks to our newfound, ever evolving capabilities to bring the world to our doorstep.

Instead of seeing first hand the ancient pyramids, we are easily able to Google™ them from the comfort of our own homes.

Although true exploration, in the sense of discovering new things, is now mostly the realm of astronauts and deep sea divers, adventure is readily available to anyone. What we need to realize is that it is not the discovery of new things that is important for the average person, but the understanding of our truest selves is often acquired only through high adventure.

Adventure isn’t what it used to be. Everest has been climbed more times than you can count, they are paving a highway across the Sahara, and you can check out the secrets of the Amazon by satellite right from your laptop. But does all this mean that adventuring is a lost art? Hardly the thirst for adventure does not come from a need to map out new lands or discover new species, those are secondary objectives. The thirst for adventure comes from deep calling within ourselves. It is our inner desire to expand our knowledge through firsthand experience, to test the limits of our own strength and endurance, and in doing so, discover our true self.

The choice to live an adventurous lifestyle is not an easy one. It is very difficult to break free of the monotonous routine of daily life when you have been repeating it for years on end. You can easily come up with a handful of excuses why you shouldn’t book that weekend whitewater rafting trip, travel to a foreign country, or make an appointment for your first SCUBA lesson. I can’t get off of work, I shouldn’t spend the money, who will watch the kids, etc. There is only one way to break the routine, and that is to just do it. Keep in mind the words of George Mallory, known for attempting the first ascent of Everest;

“What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live. That is what life means and what life is for.”

Perhaps it is time for us to seek to regain the element of adventure that originally drove those before us to cross oceans and vast expanses of unknown terrain with no hope of return. We need to bring risk back into our lives. If we are to truly embrace the adventurous life, we must find within ourselves the daring resolve to snatch up our mere existence and drive it to the edge of possibility, knowing full well that the future holds no guarantee for safety, prosperity or happiness and that a full life is not given, it is taken.

Are you living a life fulfilled? Or are you living a safe comfortable life?

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It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals, No,
The tragedy of life lies in having no goals to reach.
It is not a calamity to die with dreams unfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream.
It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideals, but it is a disaster to have no ideals to capture.
It is not a disgrace to not reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for.
Not failure, but low aim, is a sin.”

Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mayes, president of Morehouse College.

“You’ve got to dream big dreams, impossible dreams; dreams that will make a difference, leave a legacy and a dream that will be your opus, your reason for coming to this planet.”

Willie Jolley, Singer and Speaker