When presented with an opportunity, reach out and grab it!
How often have you heard a friend say that they never get, or have never had any opportunities in life? Or, do you yourself feel that life has not given you the chances you feel you deserve? While it is true that many people seem to have the world handed to them on a plate, could it equally be true that we may not be taking advantage of the opportunities that are presented to us, instead letting them pass us right by?
I was reading a post yesterday written by my good friend John over @ Frugal Rules which talked about his recent encounter with Warren Buffett and Mark Cuban in a Dairy Queen in Omaha. In the post John talked about his fears of approaching the pair – who were sat chatting just a few feet away – because of what they might think of him making the approach. After thinking it through for a good while and with a little persuasion from his wife, John decided to bite the bullet and approach the pair. It ended up with him grasping what could be a once in a lifetime opportunity to chat and get a photograph with two of the most well-known billionaires in the world.
John’s experience got me to thinking about how this need to grasp hold of opportunities could apply to our lives more broadly. Each and every day we go about our daily lives and nothing extraordinary or exciting may happen. From time to time though, circumstances and events may transpire which could result in an opportunity presenting itself. Perhaps you might be offered a franchise opportunity or maybe you have the opportunity to make acquaintance with a new important business contact. You could be offered a career change or a promotion, or maybe you have been made redundant and have a bit of cash in your pocket to plan out the rest of your life with. However we look at it, these are all opportunities and there are many, many more than the ones we have just mentioned. The question is, what do we do about them?
Sure, we might decide that some of these opportunities may lead to financial ruin or are just a bad idea full stop, so we avoid them like the plague. But what about the ones that seem like genuine opportunities to better ourselves? Do we reach out and grab them, or are we so afraid of the consequences of what might go wrong or of what others might think about us that we let these real opportunities regularly pass us by?
Some of life’s missed opportunities could present themselves again in the future and we may be fortunate enough to get a second chance at them. Others however might only come along once. Think again about John’s encounter, how often do you find yourself sat next to two of the world’s most successful billionaires? I suppose the lesson here is that when good opportunities do come along in life, be sure to have the confidence to reach out and grab them or you could find yourself regretting your inaction for many years to come.