Wednesday, December 1, 2004
Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.
As homo sapiens go, we seem to have survived over the centuries through our three forms of sight: hindsight, insight and foresight. The unfortunate aspect is that we tend to use those sights in that order. As empirical beings, we have relied very little on foresight and have remained comfortable focusing on present factual information and historical recount. Perhaps this is why documentaries and biographies are so popular? And although insight has received much more recognition (i.e. psychology, sociology,etc.) in recent decades, there still seems to be a void in the active pursuit of personal insight by probably a large percentage of the population. So that leaves hindsight. It's that quick glance over the shoulder to see if anything is catching up to us or that momentary pause to either regale a past success or regret a past mistake. Either way, there is very little change that can occur from hindsight unless we use it to aid our insight...
Perhaps this is why opportunities always look bigger going than coming? It's that deep resonant sound that a train whistle makes once it passes us that seems to say, "Uh-oooooooooooooh! (You missed it)" And as the popular quote states, "Opportunities often times come disguised as problems or obstacles." It's no wonder we miss so many of the golden gems. We find ourselves looking back and so focused on "the one that got away" that we don't see the one that is just about to hit us on the forehead like a mosquito to a windshield.
So how can you see that great train of golden opportunity coming from a distance? Here's a few tell-tale signs:
Opportunities always look bigger going than coming. Often times it's because by the time we see that golden opportunity, it has already run us over, we're lying on our back and watching it roll away.
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