For today’s Monday Inspiration I chose life opportunities quotes. This topic relates to this time of year when many of you are graduating or know someone finishing their academic year and looking forward to the next phase in life.

“Opportunity only knocks once.”

“Success always comes when preparation meets opportunity” – Henry Hartman

“Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.”

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein

“Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.” Demosthenes

opportunities quotes

On a personal note, I just attended my daughter’s 8th grade academic achievement ceremony and I was particularly impressed with the speech given by the teacher of the year, Mr. Daglish. He spoke about opportunities that are presented to you along the path of your life. He mentioned that life is not fair and that many of the students will get more opportunities than others. However, the key is to recognize the opportunity in front of you and take it. Often times the scarier the opportunity, the richer the reward.

In the beginning of the speech Mr. Daglish started with a simple experiment. His asked 3 people up on stage to read a note inside a closed envelope, and follow the instructions inside. This involved stepping on to the stage in front of all of their peers and parents. He told the group they could decline if they chose when he picked random people out of the audience. Interestingly enough, 2 out of 3 of the students he chose declined. The 3rd student came on stage, read the note,  and took out a five dollar bill to show the audience before returning to his seat.

The 3rd student chose the opportunity that was presented to him, and received the benefit from it. I love the quote, “Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.” The other 2 students were sitting in their chairs after the fact, kicking themselves for not taking the opportunity to go up onto the stage and participate. Most of the time in life, it is true that “Opportunity only knocks once.”

As always, these ceremonies make you reflect on the past, and ponder the future ahead. In closing, Mr. Daglish urged everyone to think about their missed opportunities of the past year, and to write down some opportunities they want to take advantage of in the upcoming year. I strongly believe if you write down your goals, you will have a better chance at bringing them to fruition, and ultimately your success.

All in all, it was a “feel good” morning, with hope, excitement for the future, and encouragement for taking those life opportunities!

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photo credit: Montana retreat in Architectural Digest June 2012, photographer Joshua McHugh

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