Welcome to Inspire Africa Project! A man said that he was aware when a plot of land was sold for N40,000 in a particular area in Lagos. Although he had enough money to buy as many as he wanted but he refused to buy because to him, that area was not developed.

Few years later, he went to see someone in that same area and discovered that the bush he saw few years back has turned into beautiful mansions, and a plot of land has jumped to N5million! If he had bought ten plots of land then, things won’t be as tough as it is for him right now. He missed that uncommon opportunity because he lacked foresight.

A young man proposed to a lady and the lady kept dribbling him. The guy waited for seventeen whole years for the lady to make up her mind, but she kept saying she would get back to him. The young man got tired of waiting for somebody who don’t know the value of opportunity and proposed to another lady, and within few days, she agreed to marry him.

On the process of preparing for their wedding, that lady now showed up and told him that she was now ready to marry him! The young man didn’t even look at her, and went ahead to marry somebody who was ready before opportunity knocked on her door. Let’s look at how to prepare for opportunity.

1. Keep Developing Yourself. Abraham Lincoln said, “I will prepare and some day my chance will come.” The 4th Industrial Revolution which is Internet/Technologically driven presents uncommon opportunities to those who are preparing to maximize it. On the other hand, those who feel it’s unimportant will soon find out what happened to those who refused to learn computer when the world moved from the Industrial Age to the Computer Age.

Kindly take a look into the future with the eye of your mind and glance through what your profession will be like in thirty years time, and start preparing for it right now! I can guarantee you that in the next few years, robot will take over the jobs of millions of people around the world, and those who are not preparing for it now will not find it funny then.

Already there are self-driven cars, robots that serve in hotels and many companies are developing robots that can deliver goods to customers. Don’t wait until we get there before you start preparing, start now so that you can easily maximize the future opportunities.

You may need to take foreign language lessons to prepared for the future because you may never know where opportunity will show up tomorrow. Expand your business skills, sales skills, negotiation skills, relationship skills, or any other skill that will get you ready for opportunities.

Les Brown knew what he wanted from life and kept developing himself while waiting for opportunity. When the opportunity finally showed up, he was one hundred percent ready! Whatever you need to do to get ready, start now by making a list of the top ten things you could be doing to be ready when opportunity finds you.

Take classes and learn new things. Read books. Get new skills. When preparation meets opportunity, there will be an explosion of miracle!

2. Document Every Idea Or Thought That Drops Into Your Mind. I lost many ideas in the past because I used to believe that I will remember them anytime I feel like. In some occasions I will spend hours trying to remember an idea that would have changed many lives.

I now discovered that my mind is designed for creativity not documentation. The assignment of my mind is to keep churning out fresh ideas and thoughts all the time while the assignment of my diary or device is to document them. Since then, no thought or idea has escaped. If I am very busy, I will speak into my recorder and write it on my diary later.

Many people have missed great opportunities to climb the ladder of success because they failed to document the idea. I discovered that the moment I write down my thoughts and focus my mind on them, they will begin to expand. That was exactly how I wrote The Pursuit of Excellence. Opportunities are hidden in our thoughts and ideas, whenever they pop up from today, don’t allow them to escape.

One idea well nurtured can metamorphose into a multibillion industry. Joseph Sugarman said, “Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity.”

Brian Tracy opined, “Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.” To be continued. What did you learn from today’s discussion? Kindly share with us at the comment section of this blog. Connect with us on Facebook: Inspire Africa Project


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