You may have wondered why some people seem to be quite “lucky or favoured” in life than others. Most times, the only special thing they did to appear “lucky” or “favoured” is being positioned to take advantage of opportunities.

I believe that opportunities abound and they are vehicles to one’s success in life. However, one need to be positioned to fully take advantage of these opportunities. Many people usually miss opportunities for the following reasons;

1.They Do Not Know What They Really Want: Over the years I have come to realize that if you truly know what you are looking for, you will easily recognize opportunities that will lead you to it. But the reverse is always the case when you have little or no idea about what you are looking for. When you do not know what you want you may be so close to your breakthrough and still will not recognize it.

2.They Are Not Ready: If you ask me, I will say that opportunities have a way of favouring those who are prepared.

According to Abraham Lincoln, “I will prepare and someday my chance (opportunity) will come.” Now have you imagined what happens when opportunity comes and you are not prepared? Chances that it will favour you are very slim. When you know what you want and prepare for what you want, you will easily connect with the opportunities that will take you there.

3.They Are Complacent: If you see no reason or have no meaningful desire to look for a better job, increase your health or demand a raise at work for instance, even when opportunities of that sort comes your way, you may likely miss them. Most things we achieve in life are attached to our desires.
When your desire is strong enough, you will identify opportunities that will make your desires a reality and even when you can’t find one, your desire will push you to create one.

4.They Are Simply Afraid To Pay The Price: Taking Opportunities means Taking Risks and many people are afraid to take risks and pay the price. People usually don’t know that opportunities are only means to an end and not the end it self.

Opportunity simply offers a chance at success. It only throws the door to your success open but it is your decision to walk through it or not and walking through it demands that you pay some price, make some adjustment and sacrifices to maximize it. According to Thomas Edison “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

5.They Have Little Regard For Information And People: My personal observations have revealed that opportunities always come through two mediums – INFORMATION and PEOPLE. If you are the type that has little or no regard for any of these two, I will be sincere enough to tell you that you’ve already missed so many opportunities and will miss more if you remain that way.

That information tag as “unimportant” may hold opportunities you never imagined. You never can tell the potentials that person you may be looking down on holds. This points to the importance of relationship and the reason it is an important success factor.


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You may have wondered why some people seem to be quite “lucky or favoured” in life than others. Most times, the only special thing they did to appear “lucky” or “favoured” is being positioned to take advantage of opportunities. I believe that opportunities abound and they are vehicles to one’s...