Hello friend, let me begin by asking you some empowering questions:
Within the days and weeks that have passed, would you say you are making any form of progression?
How have you been fairing with your goals? What setbacks are you experiencing and how are you working your way out of it? These kinds of self-evaluation will spark personal resolves to improve your capacity further.
What setbacks are you experiencing and how are you working your way out of it? These kinds of self-evaluation will spark personal resolves to improve your capacity further.
These kinds of self-evaluation queries will spark personal resolves to improve your capacity further.
Now, at a point in our journey towards success, some people may secretly ponder about whether they will ever reach the destination called success or when their turn (moment of glory) will come. Unfortunately, many people wrongly believe that the moment of glory is the exclusive privilege of a few persons. A leader once remarked that “No man is born into this world whose job is not born with him.” In other words, nobody is without a moment of great opportunity where he or she will showcase his or her inherent competence.
A sage once said that, “… the good Lord didn’t create anyone of us to be ordinary, nor have common moments.”
Instinctively, every life naturally craves for that moment; the moment when he or she is set apart and adored with the priceless gifts of life and relevance.
Listen! That moment always comes – that’s if it hasn’t come already.
“To every life, fortune will definitely visit at least once,” says Orison Swett Marden. But your daily transactions inches you closer or further away from those happy moments.
The problem is that we fail to recognise it when it appears because we are ill prepared for it. There never was a day that did not bring its opportunity. The truth remains that all our actions are either drawing us closer or further taking us away from that moment.
Opportunities! Every life is full of them. What seems ordinary may be the extraordinary moment you have been seeking for all alone.
“The lack of opportunity,” they say, “is ever the excuse of a weak and undeciding mind.”
Here is a story that shows why people miss out on the opportunity.
A visitor once got into an art studio and was shown many human-like features when he saw a figure whose face was concealed by hair and which had wings on its feet.
The visitor then asked, “What is its name?”
“Opportunity,” replied the artist.
“Why is the face hidden?” The visitor asked.
“Because men seldom know him when he comes to them,” was the reply.
Again, he asked, “Why has it wings on his feet?”
“Because he is soon gone and once gone, cannot be overtaken.”
That moment always comes but maybe because of the masked face and winged feet, you (we) often never capture it, and it quickly goes just like it came. So, I advocate that just as we are eager to achieve success, we should equally seek to sharpen our ability to recognise opportunities and seize them because ability without opportunity will lead to frustration.
Look around … that common situation may be all the lead to that uncommon achievement that you so desire to reach. Again, I say, opportunities! Every life is full of them. There is nobody whom fortune does not visit once in his life, but when she finds he is not ready to receive her, she goes in at the door and out of the window.’
Well, the excitement remains that the moment will come! The moment of honour, the moment of glory, the moment of dignity … will most definitely come to every life.
The British Statesman Winston Churchill calls the moment – “man’s finest hour.” That fine hour … that moment of glory is in every man, but it is also fair to say that he must be ready for it when it comes.
So, to make the moment pay dividend, then you have got to identify, capture and nurture it when it comes. It is only when you learn how to outgrow small businesses will life reward you with great enterprises. You have got to show that you can manage fortune when it turns up for it to abide with thee. Opportunities abound in every life, but we seldom recognise it, because it always comes disguised as something insignificant. That hidden moment of personal discipline determines the outcome of other fortunate events. That discreet moment of individual concentration, being a bit polite to a stranger, an extra effort beyond the agreed payment, that agonising moment of conceptualising an idea, that sacrificial service, just that period of selflessness, and that could just be the talisman needed to become more fortunate.
You must cultivate the capacity to recognise and take advantage of those golden moments.
Henry Thoreau puts it this way, “It’s not what you look at that matters; it is what you see that counts.”
Orison Marden says it another way; “He who cannot see an angel in the rough marble can never call it out with mallet and chisel.”
My advice is that you don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities seize common occasions and make them great.
The preacher E.W. Kenyon in his book, “Signpost on Way to Success” narrated a story of a young artisan who had an unusual gift for dressing windows. Although this chap worked in a store as an artisan for a long time without directly making any curtain, he always gave useful suggestions to the window dresser who was his immediate boss. A few weeks later, the artisan became the artist. But the window dresser never told the business owner who did the current artwork. Men came from different parts of the city to look at the windows. Then one day a man from another city came to visit the shop and asked who made the curtains. The business owner introduced him to the window dresser, but the man was disappointed because his words didn’t resemble the work done. Later the young artist was introduced, and from henceforth, fortune began to smile on him.
You cannot hide trained genius. You cannot hide trained ability. People may use you for a time, but you will break the bonds sooner or later like this young man did. You’ve got to be ready! You’ve got to train! You’ve got to hone those talents to become skills. You don’t start preparing when the moment is at hand; you prepare in anticipation of the moment. Just like you don’t start training during the tournament, but before. Benjamin Disraeli added, “that the secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.”
A sage remarked, “that the good Lord didn’t create anyone of us to be ordinary, nor have common moments.” Instinctively, every life is designed to be set apart in honour at some day or time!
A biographer writes about Winston Churchill that: “It seems Churchill’s previous career had been a preparation for his heroic wartime leadership … he seemed to have been nursing all his faculties so that when the moment came he could lavish them on the salvation of Britain from the bloodthirsty fist of the Nazis …”
And then he, Churchill, in 1940 to the House of Commons as part of his speech said:
“To each, there comes in their lifetime a special moment, when there are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents; but what a tragedy if that moment comes and finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.”
Once again, I say, “Opportunities! Every life is full of them.” To every life, there is always the finest hour!
POINT TO RUMINATE ON: “Opportunity has hair in front, behind she is bald; if you seize her by the forelock you may hold her, but if you allow her to escape, not even Jupiter himself can catch her again.”