Monday, April 16, 2012

O is for Opportunity

So much of good marketing is just recognizing opportunities when they arise. Good recognition of opportunity requires you to be a bit self-centered about your viewpoint. How can this (or that or whatever) benefit me? 

Yeah, it doesn't sound so good, but it doesn't have to be mean or selfish. For example, if the coffee shop in your neighborhood starts doing open poetry nights, will they also let you read a book excerpt? You don't know unless you ask.

The difficult thing about opportunity is that it isn't like I can give you a list of them for you to seek out. They come and go in many forms and the ability to recognize them takes thought and creative thinking. And always being on the lookout.

I'll leave you with some of my favorite opportunity quotes:

"Opportunities? They are all around us?there is power lying latent everywhere waiting for the observant eye to discover it."
- Orison Swett Marden

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

"It is not often that a man can make opportunities for himself. But he can put himself in such shape that when or if the opportunities come he is ready.” 
- Theodore Roosevelt

"Even when opportunity knocks, a man still has to get up off his seat and open the door."
- Anonymous

"Once an opportunity has passed, it cannot be caught."
- Anonymous

What opportunities are around you? Do you take them when you see them?


ClareDugmoreWrites said...

I think in any aspect of life, not just writing, it's important to take advantage of opportunities when they arise. You don't know unless you ask, after all. Sometimes putting yourself first isn't always a bad thing. :D

Jamie Gibbs said...

Until very recently I let all opportunities slip me by. Then I read Danny Wallace's Yes Man and I've been trying to embrace all opportunities since. Doing so has meant I've been invited to archaeology conferences, book launches and all sorts. Yay for opportunity, and the seizing thereof!

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AlexJCavanaugh said...

Thomas Edison's quote is so true!

Stacy S. Jensen said...

True that opportunity can come and go. Best to keep eyes open. I think some opportunities arrive by looking out for other people. One never knows when an offer to help will be returned. Love the quotes.

Susanne Drazic said...

Stopping by to say hello! Great quotes.


Freya Morris said...

So true - love the quotes. Especially the Thomas Edison one.

Robyn Lucas said...

My favorite quote is from Oprah:
"Luck is when opportunity meets preparation"

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