Posts Tagged ‘opportunities’

Opportunity is not a lengthy visitor

When opportunity knocks, are you ready to open the door? Even more important, are you listening for its arrival in the first place?

Opportunity is not a lengthy visitor

You know as well as I do that the world moves fast. Really fast. An opportunity can come and go before you’ve even realized it was there.

Other opportunities can be right in front of us, for the longest time, before we see them. Hopefully we do eventually — and have the good sense to jump at them.

Then there are the opportunities you ask for. You can’t pass those up, either. Maybe you have to go to them, put yourself out there. But it doesn’t make them any less valuable.

Whether the opportunity comes to you or you go to it, you have to be willing to let it into your life and go where it takes you, without hesitation. As¬†Stephen Sondheim wrote, “opportunity is not a lengthy visitor.” When it’s there, you have to make the most of it.

The key is to recognize an opportunity when it’s at your door. Be open to it, even if it doesn’t look quite the way you expected it might.

Sometimes, those opportunities are the most exciting of all.

Working for More than Making a Living

With Labor Day coming up, plenty of people (including me!) are thinking about an extra day’s vacation. But I’m also pondering the nature of work as part of our lives.

Most of us need to work for a living. I wish everyone who wanted a job could find one, and I remain hopeful that day will come.

But practicalities aside, how many of us get to do what we really love for a living? I know I do. And I feel enormously grateful for that. Of course, there are challenges, but the fulfillment outweighs them.

Do you love what you do? I mean really¬†love what you do? If so, celebrate that this weekend. And if you don’t? Maybe it’s a good time to think about changing that. I realize jobs aren’t always easy to come by, but many people are turning tough economic times into opportunities to reinvent themselves. Something to consider.

I’ll never forget the words of a mentor who told me years ago, “Follow your bliss.” Best advice ever.