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The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority.
-- Stanley Milgram


Monday, May 16, 2005

Seize the opportunities

The concept of a valuable opportunity sounds good at a distance. Yet when opportunity presents itself up close, it can usually be a bit intimidating.

For in addition to offering a desirable reward, opportunity also includes challenge. And that can make even the best opportunity rather uncomfortable when you first encounter it.

It may be tempting to avoid the effort, to avoid the discomfort, and to simply let the opportunity pass you by. Yet by avoiding the temporary discomfort of opportunity, you are setting yourself up for the permanent pain of regret.

The opportunities that you run away from will not likely come back again. You’ll be left wondering what could have been, and regretting that you let something of great value slip through your hands.

Seizing a valuable opportunity takes effort, commitment, sacrifice, discipline, and the willingness to move beyond your comfort zone. The payoff for all that, however, can truly be enormous and will certainly lead to even bigger opportunities.

What a shame it would be to miss out on the best that life can offer just so you can avoid a little discomfort. Choose to enthusiastically seize the opportunities that come your way.

Though they may demand much of you, those opportunities you follow will give you much, much more.

— Ralph Marston

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