“Don’t wait for opportunity to knock. If you even hear his footsteps, you throw open that door, you hunt him down and you tackle that mother***er in the street!”
I really wish I could find where this quote should be attributed because it’s that good. I scoured my brain and the internet but couldn’t seem to find it. However, wherever I heard it, it has stuck with me for many years.
Many people think that opportunity s something that only comes to a select few. Something that is created by luck and circumstance, and I suppose that to a certain extent, that is true. There are people who just plain get lucky, and by some stroke of luck they are in the right place at the right time. This is great for them. I am so happy that they have the good fortune to achieve their goals, dreams, and wishes through such amazing good fortune.
The truth is, in my experience, that this is usually not the case. Magic, the magic of success, the magic of joy, the magic of dreams coming true, can only come when preparation meets opportunity. It’s a formula that simple.
Let me explain in a bit more depth. Let’s take the example of a writer, like myself. The writer blogs frequently. She keeps poems on file that she’s never used but hopes that one day will see the light of day. She researches how to make her blog successful, relentlessly posts on Facebook and Instagram in hopes of gaining more followers and getting her messages out. She constantly stays involved in her community and in the environmental movement, hoping to make a difference and also collecting stories to share with the world.
Now, think of another writer, or someone who aspires to be a writer. They don’t write, but maybe every now and then they read a new novel by writers they want to emulate. They circle writers workshops on their community calendar and one day dream of mustering the courage to get to one and share a poem or two. They may be extremely talented, perhaps even more so than the first writer- they just aren’t prepared.
Now, imagine both of those writers get an opportunity to submit to a very reputable publication. The prepared writer delves into their archives for an appropriate piece, edits the heck out of it, sends it to their mentors and asks for feedback, and submits. The second writer sits in front of their computer screen for hours, trying to get inspiration to come, but it’s been so long since they’ve even written, that they can barely get words on the page.
This is not to say there will be some who are unprepared and somehow pull out the passion and talent needed to get that once in a lifetime chance. However, more often than not, it is the individual who is prepared, who constantly seeks out opportunities and MAKES THEIR OWN opportunities, that will succeed.
I strive to live by this principle, and of course, as always, I admit that I am human and am not always successful. This is one of the reasons why I blog, because I am creating my own opportunity to share stories with all of my beautiful friends, family, and readers. This is my way of creating an opportunity to share the story of our beautiful planet and why it needs champions (other than just myself).
Whatever it is you dream of, I encourage you to start now in making your own opportunities. Figure out what your dream looks like, and when that sexy thang walks down the road, be so prepared that you can smell him a mile away, and run. Run toward it, and don’t look back. It’s that simple of an equation, and that hard of a task. To be constantly prepared is exhausting, but not as exhausting, in my opinion, as a life spent awake at night dreaming of what could have been.