Opportunity Not Taken

Individual opportunities are TIME-SENSITIVE and FINITE.

They come and go quickly, like lightning. The difference? We’ve debunked the myth about lightning never striking in the same spot twice. Opportunity, on the other hand, is one and done.

Bad news: An opportunity not taken does not have a neutral effect. It is a net loss. After 5 years of not acting on opportunities, you will not break even. It is failure. The sum of consistent bad decisions lands you somewhere short of your desired outcome. Maybe it’s worth lowering the expectations that you created for yourself. Maybe not. Nonetheless, we all have an ideal lifestyle that we aim for. Every time lightning strikes and you don’t find a way to bottle it, your future, better-self, winces in agony.

Good news: The flow of opportunities is never-ending. While no one opportunity will ever resurface a second time the same, it’s purposeless to dwell on having missed a single one. There are fresh opportunities sandwiched between each passing moment of our busy lives. Your next opportunity might be more powerful than the previous. It also might not be. Opportunity is one of the most uncertain, uncontrollable contributors to our lives, it is not to be taken lightly. Be prepared to take action. The next chance is your best chance.

Infinite opportunities, finite amount of time to act on each one, and never knowing the difference.

No matter how predictable an outcome, you will only ever know the results of made choices. You can never truly quantify the positive or negative implications of passing on an opportunity, but one things is certain:

In choosing to ACT ON OPPORTUNITY, success is as viable as failure, so you might as well try. 

Approval, Access, & Opportunity

This post is about: #aspirations, #opportunity, #socialdisconnect  |  Read time: 2 min


Teachers, managers, owners, bosses, coaches, parents, or other people in positions of authority, privilege, or power, are often seeking to mentor or train-in a “worthwhile” candidate. Finding a young successor helps to ensure the future existence of their world-views. It’s a legacy thing.

Many young folks seek the approval of these established persons, both for access and for opportunity.

Why is there a disconnect? Why do managers have a hard time finding good employees while there are so many employees who all desire the approval of these leaders.

To go from zero to leadership position is a tiresome process. It is not given. It is earned. It is not the snap of your fingers, it is the slow freezing of your bare hands after cleaning the gutters in 15 degree weather.

Young folks aspiring to something ‘greater’, understand the importance of these things if you want to please your superior, and eventually, become that person who masters their craft and can mentor others:

If you want approval, access, and opportunity,

There’s a level of scrutiny that you submit yourself to. Don’t be sensitive.

There’s a  level of attention to detail.

There’s a  level of necessary worry and concern.

There’s a  level of engagement.

There’s a  level of composure.

There’s a  level of initiative.

There’s a  level of IQ.

There’s a  level of responsibility.

There’s a  level of consistency.

There’s a  level of persistence.

There’s a level of growth.

There’s a  level of focus.

There is a lot required of you before you can get approval, access, and opportunity from those in the position to dish it out. So, first, decide if that’s what you really want. Then, act accordingly.