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Opening the Doors of Opportunity

by David DeFord

The doors of opportunity do not open automatically like supermarket doors. We must unlock them and pass through the threshold. Sometimes they open wide only after we push vigorously for a long time. Opportunity rarely yields to inconsistent, light pressure.

In order to win the home run title, Sammy Sosa has to step up to the plate. For John Grisham to write his next best seller he must power on his computer and start writing.

A friend of mine’s husband wants to write a book. He knows the topic, he has the expertise, and he has a tremendous desire. He is retired from his professorship and five days a week he heads to the golf course. The other two days he goes fishing. He has the time to complete his book. He only lacks the decision to get started.

We’ve all been there.

What have you always wanted to do?

Have you long wished to write a book? Run a marathon? Start a business? Reach your ideal weight? Reconcile with a loved one? Turn around your spiritual life? Get a college degree? Climb Mount Everest? Eat a frog? Ride a bicycle across the continent? Research and publish your family history?

For what are you waiting—better conditions, the government, your employer, or a stronger economy?

Most likely, the achievement you seek will take some planning, preparation, effort, and persistence. But none of that will help you unless you decide to begin.

What keeps you from making that decision? Do you fear failure? Or do you fear success? My father used to joke that he wouldn’t sing in church because he was afraid someone from Hollywood would hear him and ruin his life with fame and fortune.

In seeking any worthwhile opportunity, you face risk. But if the opportunity holds no risk or challenge it’s probably worth little.

Imagine the tragedy of billions of dreams not realized because the dreamers never got started.

I met a remarkable boy named Shawn at an airport recently. Shawn, with his mother and brother were traveling from North Carolina to Washington D.C. where he was to present awards for the Make a Difference Foundation. I found that Shawn has packed a lot of experience into his short ten-year life.

A few years ago Shawn contracted cancer. He spent the better part of three years receiving terribly toxic cancer treatments. He found time in the hospital passed very slowly for him and for his family.

Once his cancer went into remission, he decided he needed to help others in the same position. He found some corporate sponsors and began purchasing fun items for oncology patients and their family members. This child wanted them to have good ways to spend their long hours in treatment.

His project grew and grew until he was providing this service to hundreds of patients and their families.

What a kid! Thank God for children like him!

Imagine the loss to so many if Shawn had not acted on his idea—never really got started. Imagine the loss to Shawn himself.

What dream lies latent in your heart? I urge you to stop waiting and to get started.

Don’t wait for the door of opportunity to open automatically like those at your supermarket. Start now to push them wide open. If you don’t start opening the opportunity doors, you’ll never reach your dreams.

Related Quotes

"Never measure the height of a mountain, until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was." Dag Hammarskjöld

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work." H. L. Hunt

"Hell begins on the day when God grants us a clear vision of all that we might have achieved, of all the gifts which we might have wasted, of all that we might have done which we did not do." Gian-Carlo Menotti

"Make no little plans, they have no magic to stir men's blood and will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble and logical plan never dies, but long after we are gone will be a living thing." Lita Bane

"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world." Joel Barker

“The price of success is much lower than the price of failure.” Zig Ziglar

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