Welcome to Inspire Africa Project! I personally discovered that opportunity once lost, can never be recovered again. Opportunity is like an individual who knocks on people’s doors asking for friendship, if you accept him, you will reap uncommon harvest, but if you reject him, you will miss out forever. That’s why we must be vigilant all the time.

Opportunities show up in form of jobs, business ideas, an opening in a major corporation, friendship that can connect you to the top, or a book that contain the information you have been looking for. In most cases, opportunities appear like an enemy or a difficult task.

Goliath showed up with three major opportunities; great riches from the king, exemption from taxes and the opportunity to marry the king’s daughter! All the Israelites soldiers knew about these uncommon opportunities, but they were not ready to confront a killer called Goliath. But when David heard about the three uncommon blessings, he went ahead to fight and defeat Goliath.

So if you are expecting opportunity to show up in a nice pack with an inscription, OPPORTUNITY, you will wait forever! If opportunity refuses to show up, you can go in search of it by yourself.

For example, a man approached a local jeweler and asked him if he had ever thought about selling his jewelry on the internet. The jeweler replied that he had thought about it but had never had the time to get around to actually doing it. He offered to build the website and drive traffic to it for a percentage of the profits. The jeweler readily agreed. It was a win-win for both of them. Let’s look at two more ways to prepare and maximize opportunities.

3. Learn A Skill. A young man came to Lagos and was sleeping under the bridge. One day, he went to see one of his friends. As he entered into their compound, he saw his friend washing his fathers car. He told his friend to give way so that he would show him how to wash a car.

While washing the car, his friends father was watching from the balcony. After washing the car, his friends father was so impressed by the good job he did that he offered him the opportunity to be washing the car for them weekly and he would pay him N10,000! The man also gave him a room at the boys’ quarter for free! So this guy came to Lagos without money, but he knew how to wash cars so well that it will look really clean. That skill got him a job and an apartment!

So you can see that if you learn a skill, opportunity will show up faster. So go ahead and learn something. It could be bead making, fashion designing, how to edit books, computer programming, how to design website, and many other things. You must be ready before opportunity show up, otherwise you cannot maximize it.

4. Be Decisive Whenever Opportunity Show Up. Opportunities don’t wait forever, if you are not decisive, you might miss it when it shows up. Some young men missed the opportunity to marry the love of their lives because they failed to take decisive action. Some young ladies kept dribbling men that wanted to marry them until they discovered that they now have a permanent room in their fathers houses.

If a business opportunity show up, conduct your feasibility study to ascertain whether it is genuine, but don’t wait forever. As long as it is genuine, take action immediately because somebody somewhere might do that before you. Make up your mind today to grab every opportunity that shows up because if you miss it, you miss out forever.

Donald L. Hicks says, “Life is like an 6-slice apple pie at a 12-guest dinner banquet. If you just sit back and wait for it to come to you, chances are, you’re going to miss dessert.” Daniel Willey opined, “Too often, we miss out on opportunities in this life because we were too busy waiting for them to fall into our lap that we missed them tapping on our shoulder.” The choice is yours. Welcome to the world of unlimited possibilities! 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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