I am always amazed when I think about how much opportunity exists in the world. Everywhere I look, there is an opportunity for everyone to step up and better their personal relationships and financial situation.
Since that is true, why does it seem that so many people are constantly complaining about the difficulty of their personal relationships or financial condition? I believe it has to do with lack of vision and their inability to see the opportunities right before their eyes. The challenge is learning to see what others cannot see, which takes practice. Do you know how to look for the things that other people often overlook?
Even as I write, I find myself searching or looking for the best way to communicate the message of this Tip. I want to help you see things that others have overlooked. In other words, I want to help you see what is now invisible.
Opportunity abounds in a country where freedom exists. When a person is free, they have the chance to explore possibilities that have not previously existed. Nearly every significant invention has come out of need. We have all heard that necessity is the mother of invention. Maybe the way to recognize opportunity is to look for necessity. In other words, what needs to be done? Or is there a better way to do something that has been done in the past but could be done better in the future?
Have you ever watched the History Channel? There is much to learn about the invention of tractors, automobiles, motorcycles, airplanes, the radio, television, candy, washing machines and dryers, the fast-food industry, and the list never ends. The history part is always interesting to me, but the part that fascinates me the most is the vision and struggle of the person behind the new concept or idea. I watch and try to learn what motivated them to create something new, how they thought, and how they did new things. There have been some incredibly determined people to make our lives a lot better and easier! I am grateful for them all.
I recently read that Google was the eleventh search engine that was created. If there were already ten search engines available, why did the inventors of Google give us another one? Simple – they thought they could do things better! What do you think? I would be willing to bet you have already “Googled” today!
I have a friend who recently started looking at the design of soap. She had an idea to design it and package it a little bit differently. It was just a cute idea that she liked and thought perhaps someone else might like it also. Bath and Body Works liked it so well that she had to lease a warehouse and hire workers to fulfill orders from that one large account. She even shared her product on QVC TV! When I heard that story, I couldn’t help thinking, “When was the last time there was a new idea to redesign soap?”
And that is the whole point of this Tip. There are thousands and thousands of new ideas and possibilities that exist in our world. However, it has been my experience that most people would rather complain, moan, and groan about something not being good rather than simply do something about it and make things better. I have been that way myself, at times. But, as I have gotten older, I have learned that it is far better to step up and turn on the light and be positive than to sit back, curse the darkness and be negative.
I firmly believe that there may be a million-dollar idea in your mind. One of the challenges you will face is the fear of stepping out into the unknown. I recently heard that fear of failure is a stronger motivator than the opportunity for success. That is very puzzling, but I certainly think it is true.
I once heard that the wealthiest place in any town is the local cemetery because of the millions of dollars of ideas that went to the grave in people’s minds.
I do not think I possess the wisdom of Solomon. But, neither do I believe that I cannot try things that have never been done before. I honestly think I have a million-dollar idea pass through my mind almost every day. I am learning to look for opportunities.
Let me encourage you to open your eyes and start looking for opportunities. Do not let fear grip your heart and prevent you from trying something that you think might work.
Consider the three necessary keys listed in this Tip: 1. looking for opportunity, 2. being in an environment (country) that is economically free, and 3. not living in fear. If you consider those three options, it may begin to open up new worlds of creativity for you that you never knew existed. It is working for me, and I know that it can work for you.
Tip: Opportunity is everywhere!
Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm