The Wisdoms Project


Opportunity


Opportunities are nice, but can be harmful….unless you carefully select the ones on which you are going to spend your precious resources.


Opportunities are nice, but can be useless ….unless you apply the imagination, preparation and will necessary to turn them into beneficial realities.


Once upon a time (spring of 1960 as I was graduating from high school) in a land far, far away (deep in the heart of Texas….San Antonio, actually), I decided to make opportunity come a-knockin’!


I was intrigued with the No. 1 Top 40 radio station (KTSA) in town and wanted to see if broadcasting was as fun as it sounded.  I knew that on Fridays and Saturdays, the all-night deejay (Bruce Hathaway) would “rip and read” the hourly news himself.  I bought some coffee and donuts, got myself invited into the station and spent a number of weekend nights ripping the long sheets of news off the Associated Press teletype machine, doing a little editing and organizing and handing them to Bruce for him to read every hour.


One night (very late, as in 4:00am), Bruce finally let me read the news on the air.  I was good at it….it was a great thrill….and I was off and running. 


As my friends all went away to college, I stayed in town and spent the next four years attending three local colleges (to get the courses I wanted) while broadcasting news and music programs 20-40 hours per week.


That investment in some coffee, donuts and all-nighters led me to a most enjoyable career in radio; TV production; corporate, retail and brand marketing; and advertising agency work.  Knocking on that radio station door late one night sure helped me live happily ever after.   


If you're looking for a big opportunity, seek out a big problem.

We are continually faced by great opportunities
                                                    ….that are brilliantly disguised as problems.

Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity.
Joseph Sugarman

Pessimists see failure in every opportunity.
Optimists see opportunity in every failure.
Winston Churchill

For every problem, there is an opportunity.

You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.

You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
Wayne Gretzky

When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.

Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of
….misfortune or temporary defeat.
Napoleon Hill


An advantage unused is a disadvantage.
Dave Wienbaum


A wise person will make more opportunities than they find.
    Francis Bacon

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
Sun Tzu


Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie.
William Shakespeare


Opportunities are never lost. They are simply found by someone else.



Let your hook always be cast.
In the pool where you least expect it
….will be a fish.
Ovid


When opportunity knocks, some people object to the noise.



Opportunity is missed by most people
because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas Edison


Opportunity is not a roaming wanderer that blesses people at random.
It seeks only those individuals that are well-prepared to meet it.
Reed Thomas

Magic doesn’t come to those who don’t expect it.
Diana Vreeland

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Four things come not back:
             the spoken word,
                           the spent arrow,
                            the past,
                                                                       the neglected opportunity.
Omar Idn Al-Halif