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Thursday, February 5,2015

When Opportunity Doesn’t Knock

By Mort Crim  

SECOND THOUGHTS

National radio broadcaster and author of seven books, including Second Thoughts, shares his essays, which are like the voice of an old friend - kind, encouraging and filled with gentle wisdom. To learn more about Mort Crim and hear a daily “Second Thought,” visit www.mortcrimsecondthoughts.com

What do you do when you come up against a wall? I mean a wall too high to climb over, too wide to get around. What do you do when you’ve tried everything you can think of to scale that wall that’s developed between you and your spouse? When you’ve exhausted every option trying to get past the job barriers that keep you from advancing, what do you do?

Sometimes you have to do what a good offensive line does in a football game. You have to create an opening. If you can’t get over or around, maybe you’ll just have to push through. But you have to be attuned to exactly the right opportunity:

A woman managed to get her call through to the CEO of a large firm. She said, “You were at a party Saturday night and you met a young woman in a navy blue dress. You talked to her for about half an hour.”

The CEO said, “Yes, that’s true.” “And,” the woman continued, “you told her you were impressed with her knowledge and insight and that there might be a place for her on your staff, and you said to call you first thing this week.”

"That’s right,” the CEO responded. Then the caller said, “Well, I was listening to you both, and if she hasn’t called, I’d like the job.”

Opportunity doesn’t always knock. Sometimes it simply stands quietly on the steps, waiting for us to open the door.

Today’s thought:

You don’t just luck into things … you build step by step, whether its friendship or opportunities

-

Barbara Bush

 

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