Opportunity Is Everywhere

Opportunity exists all around us.

To see opportunity, we must open our eyes and trust our instincts.

I once had an opportunity handed to me on a silver platter. I lived in Rhode Island and worked as a hair stylist at an elite salon and spa. Then one day, a good friend walked in and told me her daughter’s stylist suddenly passed away at the age of forty and left a hair salon behind. Her spouse wanted to offer it to someone worthy in the hopes of honoring his wife’s hard work. That salon was offered to me. I passed it up. You know why? I was afraid I’d fail and never live up to the success of my current job. Well, guess what happened? Not more than six months later, I lost my great job because the elite salon and spa was sold. If I had taken the gift, I wouldn’t have been left vulnerable and jobless. I let fear rule and it won.

opportunityA missed opportunity can lead to regret.

I regretted not taking advantage of that gift. It would have offered me a great investment opportunity as I pursued my writing career. I let fear get in my way. I think many of us do that. Ten years wiser, if someone offered to hand me a fully-functioning salon, I’d certainly stomp on any fears in a heartbeat;)

Luck has little to do with gained success from an opportunity.

When opportunity knocks, we must be prepared for it. Many people refer to those who seem to have it all as lucky. Those who seem to have it all are not lucky. They are prepared. They’ve chosen to prep for those moments when opportunities filter into their lives. I’ve had several people say to me, “You are so lucky to have your lesbian novels out there and being read my so many.” I disagree completely. My lesbian romance novels are out there and being read not because I’m lucky, but because I’ve worked hard to prepare myself and my novels for this opportunity.

I challenge you to look beyond the idea of luck as the reason for success. Rely on your natural gifts and do the work to refine them, and you’ll surely experience all the success you’ve ever dreamed possible.

Here’s my question to you: What actions do you consistently take to prepare yourself for opportunity?

Wishing you all the best,
Suzie Carr, novelist

11 replies
  1. know_alak
    know_alak says:

    Love this blog entry!! I personally go through this struggle every day. For me it’s not just in the form of lost opportunities but also in the form of constant tension to conform to the norms of the society . The same has plagued me for so many years now 🙁

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    • Suzie Carr
      Suzie Carr says:

      Alak, yes, I agree that many of us get lost when trying to conform to the norms of society. Time to toss everyone else’s ideals aside and focus on our own. We will never truly sparkle if we are on someone else’s path instead of finding the one that makes our heart leap. You know I’m pulling for you in every way imaginable. You are a great person with ambition and the world will not be the same once you shine that on them:)

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  2. Karen Jolly
    Karen Jolly says:

    Great post Suzie – action is so important, but not just busy work. As you say it’s the action that prepares you for opportunity that matters. When we are pushing toward our dreams, the action required is to prepare for what we ask for… thank you for this reminder. Its something I am working on with my own business now everyday!!

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    • Suzie Carr
      Suzie Carr says:

      Hi Karen, gosh yes, you nailed it when you said ‘not just busy work’. I’ve found myself guilty of doign just that in the past. I think a lot of people get lost in the busy side of their pursuits.
      Hope you enjoy your day, and thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Alice Chan, Ph.D.
    Alice Chan, Ph.D. says:

    Agree completely, Suzie! I once heard that success is where opportunity meets preparation. It isn’t luck, just like your success with your writing isn’t luck, but preparation, as you said. Enjoyed your post a lot, and thank you for the story of a missed opportunity because of fear.

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    • Suzie Carr
      Suzie Carr says:

      Thanks for this reply Alice. Yes, that line is one I repeat often in my mind. It keeps me focused and in alignment with my dreams. I think to enjoy the journey towards our pursuit of goals, we must plan for the ride and expect great things to come out of every twist and turn:)

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  4. Hiten Vyas
    Hiten Vyas says:

    Hi Suzie,

    Ah, what a wonderful post and I loved the concept of a vision board! I can remember using something similar in one of my previous jobs. It was more through the use of words than visuals. It was called the Motivational Board and every morning when I would arrive at the office, I would write a motivational/inspirational quote or proverb on it by a famous person. It really helped to create a positive and optimistic atttiude in the office.

    Thank you.

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    • Suzie Carr
      Suzie Carr says:

      Hi Hiten! Thanks for chiming in. I love the idea of using words, too. I incorporate both visuals and words into mine. I’m curious, do you still use a vision board like the one you used in your previous job?

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  5. Mark Rochford
    Mark Rochford says:

    What an inspirational blog. Since being made redundant
    I have the fear of failure. You know can’t do that because… In my case sight. Now because of this I am going to turn over a new leaf. No more negative thoughts.

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    • Suzie Carr
      Suzie Carr says:

      Thank you Mark! And you know… you are not alone in that fear! So many of us are afraid to fail. When I feel that fear gripping me, I ask myself this question: If I do fail, will I die? If the answer is no, then my fear has no place in the equation, and it’s all out action. 🙂

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      • Mark Rochford
        Mark Rochford says:

        Never thought of it like that. I have always been an I can person. You know people say “You can’t do that…” My usual answer is if I haven’t tried how do I know. It was being made redundent that shook Mr to the core. Thanks again. Mark

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