How You Can Seize Opportunities That Present Themselves

Kurt von AhnenSep 28 · 3 min read

Every single day, you are faced with some sort of opportunity. Most people do not seize the opportunities they are presented with more often than not. Why is that though? For most people, it boils down to not knowing how to seize the opportunity and make it work for them. Do you fall into this category?

What can you do to seize opportunities that are worthwhile to you? It really comes down to just one word — believe! Believe that you can do something, and you will get it.

If you know what an opportunity looks like, then you’ll understand why believing is such an important part of seizing it. The problem is that most people do not know what an opportunity looks like. People think it’s something that is seen in a newspaper, billboard, on TV or heard on the radio, etc. And, they may think it comes with all these bells and whistles, but that’s not an opportunity. Nope, these are considered traps!

An opportunity is something you may have considered passing up because it didn’t look like something worthwhile. You don’t easily see or feel it. It’s always there but you don’t mind close mind to it.

Think of it this way: Bill Gates, just before graduating from Harvard, left the university to start Microsoft with a childhood friend. They planned to create software for the budding computer market. Most people saw his move as stupid and idiotic. However, if he didn’t believe in it so much, he would not have become one of the richest men in the world — and you wouldn’t have the Windows program as you know it today.

Tan Sri Dato Seri Dr. Lim Goh Tong ignored critics who claimed his idea of developing a mountain resort adjacent to Kuala Lumpur. His critics thought it was foolish for investing in the area, but he brushed aside the negative remarks and went ahead and build it. It’s been ranked number one out of 10 Top Malaysian Leading Companies in 1996. 10 years later, in 2006, he ranked 245th in the world’s richest people.

Everybody sees opportunities, but very few of them believe in them. If you see an opportunity and don’t believe, you become a spectator to the person who does believe in it. If you believe in the opportunity, you need to seize it. After all, it’s only an opportunity for the person who grabs hold of it.

If there is something you believe in, stick with it even when others tell you it’s crazy. It doesn’t matter what they believe in; it matters what you believe in.

Keep in mind that every day can be a chance for you to make something better for yourself tomorrow. And., really not just better for yourself, but for everybody around you and your community.