Seizing Opportunities


During my undergraduate days, there was a programme that was organized by the school authorities as was the custom every year. The speaker that day raised a book and asked for who wanted it, many of us raised our hands. He kept asking who wants the book, while many of us including me kept raising our hands one boy went forward and collected the book. Needless to say that he was the one who finally got the book. The speaker said it was that guy that wanted the book, the rest of us wished we had the book.

In a crowd where there is so much campaigns as well as lousy behavior so many of us stand aloof and believe that luck will shine on us and we will be picked to get one of the gift. I notice that the people we call lousy on such occasion are the ones who get all the prizes because they take extra steps.

There are so many people in the world, so many nations, but there are a few actually very few as compared to the population who have created a niche for themselves and their names have settled in every home. The reason why every nations of the world watch Bollywood movies is because over the years they have done exceptional things so that even if they don’t any longer it will take a while to see that. The reason everybody is shouting Jega now and created a place for him in the dictionary is because he behaved in an uncommon, unexpected manner such that the world stood still for him. The reason every athlete want to be Bolt is because he came one day and broke the record and kept breaking his own record. Who knew him the moment he first stood on the track but after seconds the world stood still for him.

Opportunities are not wrapped in a gold parcel embroidered with diamonds. They sometimes appear as normal events or things we take for granted until it turns out otherwise. Being sensitive and wise is one way to take hold of opportunities. Opportunities will also find you if you are exceptional and dedicated in what you do. Diligence always finds men out. Indifference and lack of vision wastes men. The people are tired of seeing the same thing, to be celebrated you must do some different not necessarily extraordinary. There is this popular saying that “opportunity comes but once”  but I will say that opportunities stare at you everyday. Opportunities are not extraordinary events but a chance for you to be exceptional. Use every opportunity to show kindness, show your worth, show your talent, show your show and people will market you. Seest this a man diligent in his work, he shall stand before kings and not before mean men from Proverbs.

Therefore be very careful how you live- not as unwise but as wise, taking advantage of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16

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