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Opportunity!

I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. – Ecclesiastes 9:11

‘Time and chance’, what I call opportunity is available to all of us, yet many of us do not take it. We don’t recognize it. We look for it in distant places. We complain of a lack of opportunities where we are, but that is not true because there is opportunity where you are.

Opportunities! Every life is full of them.

Every lesson in school is an opportunity.

Every examination is a chance in life.

Every blog post is an opportunity.

Every client is an opportunity.

Every sermon is an opportunity.

Every business transaction is an opportunity, – an opportunity to be polite, – an opportunity to be a man or woman, – an opportunity to be honest, – an opportunity to make friends

It is only a weak mind that complains of a lack of time or opportunity, because there are so many people out there who have made more out of the odds and little opportunities which many of us carelessly throw away, than others will get out of a whole life-time. Like bees, they extract honey from every flower. Every person they meet, every circumstance of the day, adds something to their store of useful knowledge or personal power.

Don’t waste that life! Live your greatest life today.

God bless you!

6 REASONS WHY EVIL PEOPLE SUCCEED AND YOU DON’T

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“There is an evil I have seen under the sun, the sort of error that arises from a ruler; fools are put in many high positions, while the rich occupy the low ones. I have seen slaves on horse backs while princes go on foot like slaves.” Ecclesiastes. 10: 5-7

As I reflect on the Teacher’s words, I could really see this anomaly playing out in today’s world, thereby making life to seem unfair.
I see people who have gotten good quality education, with sincere desires to become successful, fail in achieving their dreams in spite of being well educated, having good motives and desires. They seem to possess all the right qualities it takes to become successful yet success always eludes them. Whereas there are others with little or no form of education, who are dishonest and unethical, but seem to have so much success. I see thieving politicians become rich on the people’s wealth, armed robbers, kidnappers, drug dealers and others you wouldn’t want to associate with, become so very rich, drive the best cars, live in exclusive neighbourhoods, and dine in porch restaurants. While those with honest intentions are wallowing and struggling to have a basic form of existence.
Pondering over these, I sought to know from my own life, the times I ever achieved so much what did I do differently? And what do these people even though unethical do that the many still struggling do not do?
These are the answers I discovered.

THE THINGS SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE DO THAT WE ARE NOT WILLING TO DO:

1- They work to achieve their goals, we don’t.

2- They take all they have and put it to work, We don’t.

3- They stay up late at night developing new plans to achieve their dreams and work hard day after day to make these dreams realty, we don’t.

4- They learn all that they possibly can about their industry and markets, we don’t.

5- They get around the right people, and associate with those who can help them achieve their goals, we don’t.

6- They don’t just dream about their future, they do something about it, we don’t.

“The only thing necessary for evil to prevail for good men to do nothing”. Edmund Burke