Opportunity is missed by most people because...

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Thomas Edison's birthday today - his is an inspirational story, and there are many great Edison quotes.

I came across this one just this morning:
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Great though, eh!

What are other reasons that people miss opportunity?

I'll start with this - opportunity is missed by most people because they weren't prepared for when it arrived.
#mind warriors #missed #opportunity #people
  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
    Hey Gordino.

    I think that opportunity is missed by many people because they don't have an “abundance mentality” or “a positive mental attitude.”

    (And instead of opportunity they see failure, lack, limitation, and rejection.) However these things are opportunities for expanding and appreciating everything you have. And - they open the door to amazing personal and professional advancement.

    As it's been said before: “Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache carries with it a seed of an equal or greater benefit.” (Napoleon Hill.)

    Good thread.
  • Profile picture of the author PaulMark
    "You may succeed if nobody else believes in you, but you will never succeed if you don't believe in yourself." ~John Maxwell
  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    then again 99 percent of the time people don't even know a pass was thrown or that it just wizzed by them.
  • Profile picture of the author grannywriteswell
    I don't think many people are "open" to opportunity. If they are handed an idea on a plate they tend to over think it rather than relying on that gut feeling of excitement that comes when you know you are onto something "right".

    A lot of that over thinking (IMHO) is because people are afraid of failure. They want something so badly, but their fear is actually greater than that desire. So they tend to stop looking for opportunities - if you don't see it, then you can't fail at it.

    For me I love the fact that Thomas Eddison did keep trying for so long to achieve his dream - I mean how many people have quit when they might have only been one more try away from success. I remember the light bulb and I keep trying

    Have a great day
    Ellen
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Lee
    Some of my favorite quotes on opportunities:

    Opportunities are never lost; someone will take the one you miss. - Author Unknown

    When I look back now over my life and call to mind what I might have had simply for taking and did not take, my heart is like to break.- William Hale White

    A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. - Francis Bacon, Essays, 1625

    It is often hard to distinguish between the hard knocks in life and those of opportunity. - Frederick Phillips

    A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. - Harry Truman

    I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one. - Mark Twain

    The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. - Benjamin Disraeli

    Nothing is so often irretrievably missed as a daily opportunity. - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

    I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour. I dripped it carelessly, Ah! I didn't know, I held opportunity. - Hazel Lee

    Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along. - Hugh Allen

    Seize the opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind. - Bulgarian Proverb

    If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. - Milton Berle
  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    Hmm,
    I wonder what does it matter that most people miss opportunities. It happens. Many very successful people pass up opportunities all the time. How many best selling books have the story of 100s of rejection letters behind them. I have the opportunity to win the lottery every day almost.. but i buy tickets maybe every six months.

    The problem is not people missing opportunities. the problem is the masses of people who fail . Do not believe they have any opportunities. In many ways our society trains people to be opportunity blind. That is why someone who come into the us is more likly to succeed in some way than some one born here.
  • Profile picture of the author RevenueBuilder
    two things that have helped me GREATLY: A whiteboard and a notepad next to my desk, BULLET POINTS!!
  • Profile picture of the author Woody C
    Originally Posted by The Great Gordino View Post

    I came across this one just this morning:
    Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
    That reminds me of the quote by Vince Lombardi - "The only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary."

    I think that's brilliant.

    As far as opportunity, Peter Drucker said it best when asked how he was able to accomplish so much if it all came down to “luck” or “accident," then in a serious tone he said:

    “Don’t call it accident. Opportunity favors the prepared mind. If opportunity knocks at the door you have to open it. You have to be receptive to it and I was.
  • Profile picture of the author sean-john
    This is a great "

    “Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache carries with it a seed of an equal or greater benefit.” (Napoleon Hill.)"

    i love his book think and grow rich.
  • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Barker
    That saying is SOOOO true. People want to get rich quick most of the time and when someone joins something or starts something and two weeks later they are not any wealthier than before, they quit!

    It takes certain individuals that will work for something diligent to make it come true and work for them.

    I heard a good statistic somewhere (don't really remember where):

    "Only 3% will succeed." That is a simple saying but they were referring to online marketing here. This holds true to other endeavors also.

    Only a few people will actually make it happen. Are you one of them?
  • Profile picture of the author Avesel
    Because most people think small. They lack ambition.
    When was the last time you got an A+ in a class that you were only interested in passing?
  • Profile picture of the author juliapattrick
    Opportunity is missed by most people because lack of hard work and patience in them
  • Profile picture of the author WillQuick
    I think the biggest thing keeps me finding more and more opportunities is my penchant for blagging (I'm not sure if this word translates across the pond, but I guess you could call it bull****ting / exaggerating etc.)

    I'm full of self confidence and in interviews and meetings I tend to talk big and have a habit of overselling my abilities and skills. Then, between that initial meeting and the next meeting, I have to work my nuts off to master whatever skill or technique that I said I already had.

    It's like artificially creating a tide that I have to always work to stay one step ahead of. It works great for me because the fear of looking stupid works as an excellent motivator.

    (obviously you can only blag as much as you think you'll be able to learn...)
  • Profile picture of the author IMoptimizer
    Originally Posted by The Great Gordino View Post

    Thomas Edison's birthday today - his is an inspirational story, and there are many great Edison quotes.

    I came across this one just this morning:
    Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

    Great though, eh!

    What are other reasons that people miss opportunity?

    I'll start with this - opportunity is missed by most people because they weren't prepared for when it arrived.
    I agree with you. I think most people wouldn't know what to do if a great opportunity came to them. I can imagine them being under pressure if it's a big deal. It's just part of life though, we all have this moment I think.
  • Profile picture of the author therenegadeleader
    Procrastination actually.
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  • Profile picture of the author nuworld
    Many cannot see an opportunity and therefore take advantage of it.
  • Profile picture of the author KevinDahlberg
    Every opportunity I have missed is because I haven't been ready for it.

    Wether it's growing up, learning a new belief, accepting a fact about life, education, or experience, I've missed way too many opportunities because I wasn't ready to get on board when the train left the station.
  • Profile picture of the author humboldt84
    Opportunity is missed by those that do not decide what they want and then don't go after it. Today is the day you can stop missing opportunities and make something happen for your life. Take action no matter how prepared you are, just start today!

    "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." -Thomas Edison

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