Seize Every Opportunity, regardless of how small it is

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

Each and every one of us wants to succeed in studies and in life, and we have been told that its only through hard work that it is possible to achieve the study and life goals that we want in life.

However, if you work blindly towards your goals, neglecting chances and opportunities that has been offered to you since you only believed in ‘hard work’, then I am confident to tell you that it is NEVER possible.

Bill Gates, a name that rings the bell whenever we think of “the world’s richest man”, he has an astonishing net-worth of 108.3 billion USD at the time this article was written, and had taken a placing on the podium for countless of times throughout his whole lifetime.

There was a famous interview with Bill Gates conducted by a female journalist, which asked him, “Sir, what is the secret of your success?”. Bill Gates did not say anything, but just took out a cheque from his cheque book and told her to write down any amount she wanted.

She then said, “I do not mean this, sir,” and she repeated her question, phrasing it in another manner just in case she thought she was unclear. He gave her the same answer by handing her the cheque she refused to collect previously, and once again, she declined Bill Gates’ offer.

He then proceeded to tear the cheque, and said to her, “The secret to my success is that I don’t miss opportunities as you did now. You could have been the richest broadcaster in the world.

Opportunities in life is so important that it must work hand-in-hand with hard work in order to bear the fruits of your labor. You must learn to grab each and every opportunity whenever you have the chance, no matter how small it seems.

First of all, you must be prepared for the amount of hardship and obstacles you are about to face, and brace yourself for it. Let’s face it: It is close to impossible to succeed on the first try, even if you do, there will be endless setbacks that you will encounter.

For example, a global economic recession like the latest one due to the coronavirus, struggling to keep your business in operations due to the lack of funding, a sudden withdrawal of the influential investors in your company, lack of diversification in your company’s products to boost sales, etc.’.

These are all inevitable, but what’s crucial is that you should devise a plan for each and every possible scenario way before it happens, so that the company’s structural integrity will remain stable/ recover rapidly even if a setback were to surface. This helps to maintain the people’s confidence and faith in the management system of the company.

Secondly, you must know that regardless of how much you prepare, it will never be enough. In other words, you must be able to accept failures. This might sound contradicting to the first point, but it is an essent