Opportunities – Rewards and Risks


Taking Opportunities
Taking Opportunities

Bill Gates and Richard Branson are two people who have taken their opportunities. In times past, Michelangelo and Leonardo did likewise in the field of art. Singers like Elvis Presley and Edith Piaf recognized and seized their opportunities

I have written and published a book called Amazing EntrepreneursIt shows how people with little education grabbed their opportunities in life.

However, some may see an opportunity, but are concerned about the cost. It may be financial cost or psychological cost. The latter usually involves the fear of failure. In that sense, the more you want security the less you are likely to take opportunities that involve some risk.

All opportunities are associated with risks. You will take those where you think the risks are in your favour. Which opportunities are you seeking?

Allocate a score between 1 and 10 to each one in terms of the energy you are currently putting into these, where 1 is low and 10 is high.

  • New business opportunities?
  • Searching for opportunities to help others?
  • Developing hobby opportunities?
  • Looking for opportunities to travel??
  • Taking opportunities to spend more time with your family?
  • Please add others.

Most people look to pursue opportunities that will make them rich and happy. Some choose happiness over riches. Some prefer to forgo happiness in order to become rich. What is your preference? In Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, he wrote:

There is a tide in the affairs of men.

Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;

Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries.

So, which of the tides of opportunity have you taken and which ones have you missed? No doubt, we all have some regrets.

But, what about the opportunities you have taken? How many of them have led to happiness. How many have led to sadness? How many made you richer or poorer?