The word, "opportunity," is an old nautical term that means "toward a port." Ship captains couldn't just sail their boats filled with crew, cargo, and passengers into the harbor. They had to be skilled mariners. They had to measure the wind, current, and tide. They had to be on the lookout for other ships, too. To safely port, they had to see their opening, and then take advantage of the situation.
Recognizing the history of this beautiful word helps us understand the secret to seizing opportunities.
(1) Realize that opportunities come and go. It's better to be prepared and not have an opportunity, than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.
(2) You must identify that it is an opportunity for you, and not just a temporary distraction.
(3) And finally, you must seize the opportunity by action. Indecision is a decision, and the road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn't make a decision.
"Life is about opportunities," Janine Shepherd said as she opened her Ted Talk." This Australian pilot's speech is emotional, at times funny, and ever so inspiring. Please take a moment and watch. Perhaps your takeaway will be that you are the opportunity you are waiting for. Click here for the video.