WHAT IS THIS OPPORTUNITY?
What are opportunities anyway? I have come across quite a lot of interesting quotes about them, some more interesting than the others and it is quite confusing to come to a single definition. I finally boiled down to the definition by Dictionary.com, it just means – a situation or condition favorable for attainment of a goal! . Or in other words, there is something we want to do and there is a chance for us to do it and we call it an opportunity! And of course a great deal is made out of it cos it is the situation which makes us achieve our dreams, desires and goals and also defines whether we are successes or failures in LIFE. Hence opportunities are very important in our lives. (Eureka :P)
DOES AN OPPORTUNITY KNOCK ONLY ONCE?
However I am still very interested in the quotes that define opportunities. Initially as we grew up, we were made to believe in this one popular one “An opportunity doesn’t knock twice“. It is a nice one and most of us have heard this so many times that it has become a cliche of late. We have been used to people saying this to us so many times that we even complete those sentences now!
But is it true? Doesn’t an opportunity knock again? (Is it so difficult to create opportunities?)
Well before answering that, let us try and consider what message it sends to us. It means that the opportunities are very precious in life and we have to handle them with care. I am with this quote so far and it makes perfect sense cos we need to respect it and cherish it. At the same time, what if we miss out on it? What if we miss out on a chance factor? Don’t we get a chance to make it right? Won’t we be able to set things right?
OPPORTUNITIES COME IN DIFFERENT FACES
The inspiration for this article is from Priyakshi who said – “Opportunities do not come twice, rather I would say they come in different faces“. I think this is by far the best definition I have heard so far for opportunity cos it makes me believe in a life full of possibilities and it is ok to make mistakes and miss out on a few.
I MAY BE WRONG
I might be wrong but still, I would like to believe in the thought that there are opportunities, there are ways that we can screw up and be OK. Cos there will be times when we are going to screw up, there will be times where we make BIG mistakes in life, there will also be times where we get to learn from them, use them to our advantage and make a bigger difference. There will be times where we look back at these missed opportunities and mistakes cos they have created new ones for us and they have created something more namely our character.
I AM NOT SAYING THAT WE SHOULD NEGLECT OPPORTUNITIES
I don’t mean to say that we should neglect the opportunities we have in front of us. We should probably take them with all the spirit we have but maybe with a slight shift in attitude which says- This sure is a great opportunity and I will make it work cos it is important to me. But at the same time, I am not going to let it bug me to my wits end if it doesn’t work the way I imagine. I would still have the way I feel in my own control.. And that probably opens up a new dimension for us to look in 🙂