Friday, October 20, 2006

When opportunity comes knocking

"The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes."
- Benjamin Disraeli

Not much has changed since Disraeli was prime minister of Britain in the 19th century. People still wait for their ship to come in or for opportunity to come knocking.

Most die still waiting patiently, wondering why opportunity visited others so often but passed them over.

Disraeli was not one to wait. Nor are those to whom opportunity visits. They assess what they have, where they want to be, then head off to achieve it.

Opp0rtunity does not come knocking, nor does everyone have a ship that comes in some time or another during their lives. It's a myth.

The "secret" is not just to be ready, but to get started on the road.

Few businesses today succeed unless their proprietors have considerable knowledge of business practices, including accounting, sales and promotion. That requires study, if not actual hands-on work in the field.

Artists labour in relative obscurity, in bleak and sparse accommodations, without enough food to gain weight for at least ten years before gaining any degree of recognition. Most who try fail along the way and drop out to join the establishment train.

Every day people get offered "opportunities" on the internet to make fortunes with very little investment and almost no work. Those wealthy entrepreneurs who sell these investment opportunities really work extremely long days to bring in meagre incomes. They struggle to survive just as most people do. Their lazy investors transform themselves into victims.

If you want your ship to come in, you had better own the ship. If you want opportunity to come knocking, you had better carry the door down the road with you, dressed in boots and hard hat, ready to hit opportunity on the head with your door when you find it.

Success doesn't come to those with great dreams. It comes to those who can get their dreams out of their heads and into their hands. And from their into the hands of others.

Otherwise those dreams are just fantasies.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to get more dreams onto the streets.
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