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Opportunity is all around us. All we need to do is to open ourselves up to it and invite it in. We can take what is there and we can make much, much more. The alternative of closing our eyes and shutting the door is unthinkable.

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desire, discovery, exploration, luck*, openness*, preparation, perception, seeing*


‘A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.’

Francis Bacon

‘When one door closes, another opens: but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.’

Alexander Graham Bell

‘The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.’

Benjamin Disraeli

‘Thus, for those who are willing to go out into the field, to look and to listen, changing demographics is both a highly productive and a highly dependable innovation opportunity.’

Peter F. Drucker

‘Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.’

Thomas Alva Edison

‘In the midst of difficulty lies opportunity.’

Albert Einstein

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.’

Henry Ford

‘To succeed, jump quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.’

Benjamin Franklin

‘We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.’

John W. Gardner

‘He that tries to seize an opportunity after it has passed him by is like one who sees it approach but will not go to meet it.’

Kahlil Gibran

‘We live in a moment that is pregnant with possibility.’

Gary Hamel

‘We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.’

Lee Iacocca

‘To improve the golden moment of opportunity, and catch the good that is within our reach, is the great art of life.’

William James

‘One can present people with opportunities. One cannot make them equal to them.’

Rosamund Lehmann

‘There is no security on this earth. Only opportunity.’

Douglas MacArthur

‘If the window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.’

Tom Peters

‘The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.’

Ayn Rand

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.’


‘While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.’

Publilius Syrus

‘You should hammer your iron when it is glowing hot.’

Publilius Syrus

‘There is no security in life, only opportunity.’

Mark Twain

‘Opportunities multiply as they are seized.’

Sun Tzu



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