Opportunity introduces itself to whomever it sees, but if you hide yourself you’ll remain unacquainted.
We normally think of opportunity as the single chance to buy something at a one-time rock-bottom price, the one chance to get recognized, the one chance to go on the trip of a lifetime with all expenses paid, or anything else that promises to lift us up and out of ordinary life. With stars in our eyes, we tell each other: “When my ship comes in, my days of slaving away are over; I’ll be living on easy street”. Hitting life’s jackpot is certainly thrilling to think about, but unfortunately it can only make our daily existence less burdensome; it cannot make us a better person. These one-time chances don’t come as a result of careful planning, responsible behavior, good work ethic or any other positive personal quality; they only come when we are in the right place at the right time and, through no merit of our own, fall into our lap as good fortune.
Real opportunity on the other hand, as opposed to chance, is life’s invitation to join it – any time, all the time – and just how much of that invitation we can accept depends entirely upon what we become, personally. The degree to which we develop our skills, talents, and personal qualities – according to our unique personality – is the same degree to which opportunity invites us to partake in the richness of life. Real opportunity, unlike chance, is our guaranteed reward for self-progress, personal betterment; it is a natural law of life. If I develop my talents into skills, life will invite me to use those skills. If I humble myself to receive true and unselfish love into my heart, life will invite me to share that love with others, gain their trust, and receive their love in return. If I develop personal honor and loyalty, life will invite me into good and lasting friendships, business partnerships, respect from my peers, and put me in good standing with all who come to know me. Real opportunity is not chance, but is our life-long invitation to receive its reward for becoming who and what we were designed to be, and depends only on our willingness to deserve that reward through the hard work of self-progress.