When written in Chinese the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity. ~John F. Kennedy, address, 12 April 1959
Maher sits at the edge of the bench that is situated right beside the platform of the train he intends to board. Bags packed, vigilant, one foot stretched and the other partly folded under his bench on its toes he awaits. He has done this many times before, and he shall do it again. But only this time he is determined to make it. No is not going to take any chances this time around. He has used up all his excuses and tired of missing his train in the overly crowded platform where every single person awaits with the same determination to get on this train.
He has been pushed, punched, elbowed, cheated, stepped on, tripped, trampled upon, tricked and delayed while trying to get on this particular train. He has met the cowards, the ruthless, the greedy, the inconsiderate, the cold hearted, the rude, the intimidating and the friendly that stabbed his back at this platform. But today he draws his strength from the wisdom gained from all that he has met and experienced. He has thought out his path to the door of the train very well. He now will combine the tactics of all those he met and avoid all the things that has happened to him in the past by using his wit and execute his well thought out and rehearsed plan to get on this train this time.
Yes there are millions at this platform daily and each waiting to get on this train or the next one that comes by again in a while. But today it is Maher’s turn. He intended to get on this train. If he does miss it again, he shall learn again from his mistake, and will avoid yet another hurdle that will stop him from getting aboard. But he is poised, vigilant, eyes on the tracks, senses heightened and in tune with all who surround him. He understands that every person around him also intended to get to this destination desperately, just as he does. But not everyone around him has had the fortune to have the experience he has gotten in the several times he missed this train. The several early mornings he has woken up to get on this train, the sleepless nights he has spent analyzing his experiences, the hundreds and thousands of faces and kinds of people he has seen at this platform and the thoughts of techniques and ways these people have used to get on this train are the chips he holds today. He is going to cash them all in when the train arrives today. This is the train called “Opportunity” after all, and is heading to destination “success”. Of course, everyone wants to get on board, and everyone has got their ticket, but if only a ticket is all you needed to get on this train. It comes every so often without fail. But it isn’t easy to get on board. After all, it is the train called “opportunity”!
The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. ~Benjamin Disraeli
So, where are you? Are you at this station? Are you on the right platform? Are you on time? Maher seems to have got the experience and the wisdom he needs to get on board. He is determined and awaits the train. All poised, planned, vigilant and ready. Are you there beside him? If you want to get to success, here comes “Opportunity”.
It is often hard to distinguish between the hard knocks in life and those of opportunity. ~Frederick Phillips
No matter what you do or where you are. No matter what you want to succeed in. Be it love, relationships, work, business, school, sports, or in life in whole. When opportunity arrives, you better be ready to get on board. Just a ticket you hold is not enough. It only get you to the platform where the train arrives. All the adversities and the misfortune are absolutely essential for you to get ahead of the line and get close to the door when the train arrives. Draw strength and learn from them as opposed to indulging in vain thoughts of why and wasting time in revenge. Instead, move ahead, there may be many more kids of people and experiences you may have to face before you avail the opportunity. This train leaves full. Almost everyone who have got on it have faced their share of hardships. Some handled it with grace, some with courage, some with smarts, and some with wit. Those who didn’t and succumbed their share of hardships, are still learning and are there on the platform awaiting their next train and some of them have given up and returned home. But there are those who got on this train by means that are despicable and at the cost of other innocent peoples goodness. But although they got on this train of opportunity, they may never get to the destination “Success” for they will be thrown away from the train or be forced to jump out by those righteous other people on the train.
Nothing is so often irretrievably missed as a daily opportunity. ~Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
Success doesn’t come easy. Yet everyone has a ticket to the train called “opportunity” that takes you there. The challenge is be at the station on time, determined to get to the front of the door with your bags packed with the credentials, with gathered experience, wisdom, and a strategy to get on board, and vigilant, aware and poised and ready to avail the opportunity. If you happen to miss this one, like many others do and did at this platform every day, you can wait for the next one. And it will come, keep the faith!
Opportunity is a parade. Even as one chance passes, the next is a fife and drum echoing in the distance. ~Robert Brault
Remember that we get our share of opportunities daily. They may not be the opportunity that we are eagerly waiting for, but they can surely be an opportunity for other great things in life. An opportunity to help someone, learn something new, do a great deed, do something different, invent, innovate, develop a solution to a problem, build a relationship, fix a broken one, get healthy, show someone you care and love, forgive someone, or just become a better person. Availing such several small opportunities will only make you prepared for the next and eventually the big one you have been waiting for. Also remember that all the hardships you face along the way are also often opportunities in life. A divorce helps you end a bad relationship and creates an opportunity to seek and build a much happier life in future, a job loss allows you to get out of your comfort zone of daily mundane monotony and seek a better paying and challenging opportunity, a failure in a project is only an opportunity to amend your mistakes, solve the problems and try again to make it better next time. Every failure is only an opportunity to succeed the next time around by becoming stronger and prepared.
Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along. ~Hugh Allen