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Opportunities See them with your mind By C.V. Subramaniam Opportunities play a very important role in everyone’s professional as well as personal life. What are opportunities? It can be probably defined as special situations, occasions, where you can do something special, something major, which you yourself would perhaps have thought impossible. Life is full of opportunities. We have to constantly look for opportunities, for, we do not know when exactly, the right opportunity or the suitable opportunity will arise. Opportunities literally knock on our doors suddenly and unexpectedly. How to deal with opportunities? Opportunities when they come thus, we have to accept them with open hands, grab them, embrace them with passion. Because these very opportunities could be the entry for you into a bigger arena, could be the turning point in your career, could be the change agent, so to say, for your career and life and could be the means to achieve your ambitions. If you hesitate at that point, perhaps you stand to lose something big which may or may not present you with a second chance! ‘Great opportunities are not seen with your eyes; they are seen with your mind’, says Robert Kiyozaki, in his book ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’, in which he deals with the topic of how to make money work for you, rather than your working for money - a great inspirational book. Opportunities - what they can offer Opportunities offer you bigger challenges, bigger responsibilities. You have to tap your full potential, you have to bring out your lurking talents, you have to showcase them, and of course prove your capabilities to succeed. And, if you do so you will succeed too. Many a times, most of us may feel, if only I had got that chance, if only I had grabbed that opportunity! Many of the achievers today are those that embraced the opportunities that came their way without letting them slip and go. How opportunities help - examples Today, there are several TV channels hosting reality shows providing a very useful forum for many talented artistes - be it singing, dancing, or acting and through these shows several top class artistes are created. These shows give enough proof of opportunities playing a big role in grooming and developing talents. If these shows were non-existent, these artistes, though endowed with natural talents, would not have got the chance to show to the world what really they are capable of, and probably their talents would have got erased or even they would not have become aware of their inherent abilities and talents. Lack of opportunities leads to waste of talent How those who lack opportunities suffer is very aptly conveyed by Thomas Gray in his poem: ‘The Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’, through the following beautiful lines: Full many a gem of purest ray serene The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear Full many a flower is born to blush unseen And waste it’s sweetness on the desert air May be each one of us is a ‘gem of purest ray serene’, or a ‘flower full of sweetness.’ Let us therefore not waste any opportunities that come our way to make the gem shine and allow the sweet flower to bloom and spread its sweetness. Creating opportunities Sometimes, opportunities need to be created. There is a saying that if opportunities don’t knock on your door, you have to knock on the door of opportunity. This implies that first you should be aware of your own strengths and at some time or the other try to make them known to others. Very often you have also to carefully weigh the benefits the opportunities will provide you before you actually ‘grab’. Sometimes you can even wait for a better opportunity. Adversity could be turned to opportunities Opportunities also can be created out of adversity. When things have gone utterly bad, you become more creative in your thinking and come out with opportunities that not only offer solutions, but also turn your path for the good. One good example is the rise and fall of the stock market. When the market has crashed and share prices reach rock bottom, rather than feeling desperate, an opportunity could be created if only you dare to pick some good stocks, which can appreciate well when recovery happens. Another example: defeat and, sometimes, humiliation on account of losing in a game or sports. The very humiliation suffered by you could revitalize you to perform with vengeance and win too. You should therefore not take even defeat as casual and be complacent. Robin Sharma, in his book ‘The Leader who Had No Title’ says: ‘I’ve come to understand that hard times do make better people. That, in the middle of difficulty lives opportunity. And that each of us is built to win - in both work and life.’ Neglecting opportunities As someone said, life itself is an opportunity for us. It gives us the freedom to act as we would want. If we do not avail of this opportunity through our neglect, we shall have nothing to complain against. It is worth remembering what Mr. Winston Churchill is reported to have said: ‘To every man there comes in the life time that special moment when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to him and fitted to his talent. What a tragedy if this moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the work which will be his finest hour.’ Heard a knock on the door? Great. This could be the moment you were waiting for. Go, grab the opportunity and keep moving along the path of success, realizing your life’s dreams. PE C.V. Subramaniam is Former Director, Department of Electronics & IT, Government of India. Other major positions held include Chief Personnel Officer, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing; Officer on Special Duty, Science Advisory Council to Prime Minister. Email cvsambar@gmail.com Follow @cvsmaniam Personal Excellence essentials presented by HR.com | 11.2014 Submit your Articles 23


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