“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.“
- Francis Bacon
Quote of the Day.
Today’s quote highlights a trap that catches many of us, even those with the best intentions. The trap is that we decide to make the most of every opportunity we find – diligently pursuing every opportunity that presents itself.
How is this a trap?
The trap is one of mindset. The activity of finding opportunities quickly becomes passive: waiting for opportunities. It is not our responsibility to make opportunity, after all. It is just up to us to make the most of them. And if there are no opportunities around, then we wait! Right?
Wrong. What Francis Bacon is pointing out in his quote is that we don’t need to wait for opportunities – we can make them. Instead of looking for an open door to present itself, we develop blueprints, acquire the tools and gather the materials we need to BUILD a door. Waiting for an open door is passive, trying to unlock a closed door can be futile – but building doors is an active process; one that we can do every single day.
No sales calls today? Search for prospects, make calls, and build relationships.
No new clients today? Develop a new skill that creates opportunity with existing clients.
No job openings this week? Attend an area Chamber meeting, network with business owners and get to know them.
Get the picture?
You may be asking, “But isn’t this hard work? What about all of the plans, tools and materials a person needs to build these opportunities? I don’t have those!” Just like any other skill, the skill of making opportunities is one that improves with time. What do you need to get started? A hammer and a bare stretch of wall.
If you can develop the mindset of making opportunities, you will achieve more than you have previously imagined. You will find yourself making the most of every opportunity you make, as well as every opportunity you find.
What can you do today to start making your own opportunities?
About Francis Bacon: Philosopher, scientist and author, Francis Bacon (1561-1626) was an influential figure of the scientific revolution and is often cited as the creator of the scientific method.
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