How to spot an opportunity

As an early riser, I am lucky enough to see more of my fair share of sunrises. Wherever I am in the world (but especially here on Necker Island) I always find them spectacular.

Stormy Sunrise

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There’s a reason for talking about sunrises other than an excuse to share these beautiful photos though. I often go for a morning walk and find myself halfway around the island by the time the sun is up. But if I lie in, get caught up in work, or go straight to the tennis court instead, I sometimes miss it.

It is then that the wise words of William Arthur Ward come to mind. "Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them." They are there for an instant, and then they are gone. There is no point waiting for an imaginary perfect time to seize an opportunity - you have to go for it when the chance presents itself.

Having said that, if you put yourself in the right mindset to spot opportunities, there are always more to follow. As I have previously written: opportunities are like buses – there’s always another one coming. Just like there is always another sunrise, coming tomorrow.

 The key is what you do with the opportunity once you see it. To finish off with some fine advice from the columnist Ann Landers: “Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognise them.”

Inspiration, talent, luck, resources, whatever you want to call it - there’s no substitute for hard work.

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