Monday, February 29, 2016

When Opportunity Knocks

In order to be successful, we must strive to be our best and to do our best in all aspects of our life. It takes hard work in order to attain your goals. Things will almost never be handed to you on a platter without some type of struggle or hardship. You have to work for what you want, and know how to maintain it in order to keep it. There comes a point in everyone's life where must decide between saying yes and accepting or saying no and declining. Many times, people strive towards their goals, yet once they're nearly about to achieve them, they turn them down, wanting more.

I've written before about the path to success and what it takes to be a successful person. For the times that we haven't been able to achieve certain goals, or if our goals were unreasonable or ridiculous even, we need to learn to accept what is, strive for something else, or simply try a different approach to getting what we want. At times, we hold ourselves and our standards so high that even when the answer is right in front of us or when the opportunity that we've been waiting for is right before our eyes, we tend to suddenly want more than what we initially wanted, and we decline that opportunity. 

Taking Opportunities for Granted and Knowing When to Accept

Not always, but many times people take advantage of the situation at hand, feeling a sudden arrogance not to accept what's been offered, and strive for more in that very moment. When we do this, we not only miss out on achieving the goal that we initially had, but we could view a different opportunity as even better, and possibly be mislead it or falsely taken down the wrong path. Many times people look for the easy way out, or a situation that can get them to where they want to be a lot quicker, and with less resistance. It's important not to be a fool when an opportunity is right in front of you, and not to take it for granted by seeing something that's abrupt, quick, and seems like an even better opportunity (especially when it seems like a sure thing). 

Get Rich Quick

Bigger and better opportunities do happen and it might be everything that you've been hoping for, but when something is right in front of your eyes, and it's something that you've been working towards and striving for, it's important to act quickly and wisely, and not take it for granted. Getting what you want takes hard work, and there's usually no such thing as an easy way or a "sure thing" that appears like quick fame or fortune, etc. Many times, instead of building and accepting an offer, we push it away, sometimes missing out on that opportunity, and maybe even the supposed "sure thing" or new opportunity that comes our way. It's important to be careful in situations like this, because sometimes one can miss out on not only their goal, but everything that they've been working so hard for. 

I've known people that strive towards their dreams for nearly their whole life. But, they got to a point of loving what they were doing so much so that when opportunity was right in front of their eyes, they developed a sudden feeling of arrogance, ego, and turned it down flat. They were feeling that they could get a better offer down the line. To this very day, many people that have acted in such a way are still striving towards their goal, only at a much older age, with their goal still unfilled to the extent that they'd hoped it would be. For those that have endured an experience as such, it's important to learn from it. I still believe in them, in you, and have faith that things will work out in the best possible way. However, it's important to take what's happened previously as a lesson of life, learn from it, and grow so that when an opportunity comes before you once again, you'll learn when to accept it. 

Arrogance doesn't take people far in life, but it basically stunts their growth. Having arrogance or an ego is one of mankind's worst qualities. It's important to feel confident about yourself and what you do. As well, you should feel confident and proud of all that you've worked on and have accomplished in life. However, it's important not to view yourself as better than the rest of the world by any means, because everyone is special in their own different way. You should compare yourself to yourself and not to others. Be the best person that you can be, and be as successful in what you do to the point that you feel at the top of the world. But don't compare yourself to others, because the real comparison should be towards yourself, and always striving to be better than you were yesterday. 

Learn to accept opportunities, because some opportunities don't always happen twice, and it's important to know when to say yes. There's nothing wrong with striving towards an even higher goal. But first, accept the results and the gift of opportunity when it's before you. Don't brush it off and turn it down for a quick fix that might appear like an easier path. Keep in mind that short term darkness, with long term light is what hard work is all about. Don't settle for short term light, with long term darkness. Do the work required, and you'll get the end results that you hope for. Believe, strive, conquer, and you will attain your dreams.