> The Day a Jet Airplane Fell On You
The Day a Jet Airplane Fell On You
| Posted: Friday, April 10, 2009
How do you respond to opportunity? Or perhaps the better question is: Do you recognize opportunity when it’s presented to you? Recently I posted a blog about the challenges that come in life (http://www.mergeleftmarketing.com/Blog.asp?PID=39)
- and how if you don’t take on the challenge (or, at the very least, confront it) you will never…ever…know the defeat, the accomplishment or the possibilities that challenge presents. It’s like it didn’t exist…unless you do something about it.
But there is something about the blog post that was missing. And, of course, it got me thinking. How can you take on a challenge if you don’t even recognize it’s even being presented to you?
It’s easy to see the “big” opportunities. It’s easy to see the mountain in front of you and say: “Wow - now there is a challenge,” or to look at the mound of paperwork on your desk and think with dread: “Opportunity knocks."
But what about the things that are a little more elusive or obfuscated by circumstances? I’d venture to say that even those opportunities are important even if not immediately seen. And, potentially, it's those not easily noticed things that are the ones that will make a difference.
Let's rest on this for a moment. Anybody can climb a mountain. But who is willing to stop their car on the side of the road and help push another stopped car to the side of traffic and make a cell phone call for the stranded man or woman?
Or here’s a better example. Anyone can try to push a car out of the way, but who is willing to stop for a moment and take the time to explain to the receptionist how important they are to the company (not in the “Boy, I’m a good boss, I am talking to everyone” way but in the “I really care that you know this. You are more important to the company than I am” way).
What I’m trying to say is the small, unrecognizable things can have a much greater impact on success for you and your company or organization…and, frankly, your life - if you pay attention to them. If you develop a sense for “seeing” them in front of you. Everybody sees the larger, powerful challenges and opportunities…and, in a way, it makes them easier to take on. The reward is larger. The response demands greater. The future of the universe depends on it!
But take the time to pay attention to the stuff around the bottom of the mountain. Look at the people who need your help - who won’t present you with the greatest rewards, accolades or acknowledgement. When you are able to pick up on that, you’ll have developed a keen sense for what opportunity is.
And, when you can pick up on and recognize even the smallest inklings, the seemingly inconsequential challenges in comparison - that's when you’ve developed a true sense of insight and worth.
Listen, it shouldn’t take a jet airplane to fall on you in order to give you that sense of challenge or opportunity. You don’t need the mountain to climb. Instead, think about your day…and what lay ahead. Really think about it…notice it. I bet you’ll begin to find new, exciting challenges and opportunities (each rewarding in their own way) that you’ve never considered before. Each able to do wonders when responded to. When recognized.