Posts Tagged ‘opportunity’

In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.

— Sun Tzu (544-496 BC; Public Domain)

How fitting a quote for these times we are living through. Even more fitting is the source, considering the origin of our current dilemma. In the midst of prolonged chaos, it is so easy to lose our way; to let the external environment chip away at our psyche, our drive, our confidence. In these times, however, we must reject the narratives telling us what to think and how to feel, and write our own exciting and dynamic script. How can we use what is happening right now as energy to fuel a new venture? What new path has been laid before us? To hell with conventional “wisdom,” let’s create a new vision for our life this very day! And then, let’s keep that vision alive by pursuing it with a sustained and burning passion!

—Mike Hazell

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If we are to achieve a victorious standard of living today, we must look for the opportunity in every difficulty instead of being paralyzed at the thought of the difficulty in every opportunity.

—Walter E. Cole (Image Licensed)

Two distinct paths always lie in front of us, no matter the situation or the day. Our attitude determines which one we take.

—Mike Hazell

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One secret of success in life is for one to be ready for their opportunity when it comes.

—Benjamin Disraeli (Public Domain)

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The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.

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—Peter Drucker

…Although the word “exploit” has a negative connotation, that is certainly not what we should infer from Drucker’s quote. More than at any other point in time, change is taking place at breakneck speed, and even the smallest change—in society, in technology, in business, et al.—creates an opportunity for the astute entrepreneur.

Consider marketing. Less than a generation ago, we could market our enterprise through radio, print media, television, word of mouth, or flyers tacked to a wall or mailed out to prospective customers. Expensive and/or ineffective methods unless we had a serious budget to work with. Now, thanks to incredible advances in information technology and some very entrepreneurial minds, we can market our business through a number of different platforms. But, these platforms are always undergoing changes, and new methods and systems are always coming along—change to be exploited.

I am always taking online courses on platforms such as Udemy, Coursera, and Lynda. I began another one yesterday on digital marketing, and within thirty minutes the instructor introduced three fantastic tools I had never heard of, and all were free!

The entrepreneurial lifestyle can be tough, and it is easy to get mentally down and feel as if we are spinning our wheels for nothing. However, by constantly searching for the smallest changes in our industry or area of expertise, and then coming up with ways to exploit these changes and turn them into opportunities, we remain focused on our destination—leaving less room for worry. Here’s to the journey!

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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The Best Plan

The best plan is to profit by the folly of others.


— Pliny the Elder (Public domain)

…And just look around—folly is everywhere. Focus on your passion, see who is doing it wrong (either by accident or intent), and flip the script. Forge ahead and revolutionize an industry, or at least a part of it. Own it, and let nothing stop your progress.

MSH, Penn Wealth

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The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.

biker holding mountain bike on top of mountain with green grass

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—Ayn Rand

…And opportunity is all around us, at all times! The challenge is, we are typically not in the right frame of mind to see the opportunities swirling around us each day.

The first course of action is to shed the negative film which surrounds our thinking, muddying the waters. When we demand a positive outlook on life, and begin actively looking for the opportunities we need to move forward in our endeavor, the water becomes crystal clear.

Begin this habit: Several times a day, take a pause, look around, and say to yourself, “God has given me these opportunities which surround me right now; how can I use them to move myself forward?”

We can all recall the enormous opportunities which presented themselves at certain points in our life. Stop waiting for the next big one; look around with a new perception of reality, and see the opportunities hovering in every direction!

MSH, Penn Wealth

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The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes.

Disraeli, Benjamin

—Benjamin Disraeli (Public domain)

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