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Creating opportunity is a phrase that I believe in whole heartedly. I was having a conversation with a colleague about my last post Mental Fortitude “True Grit” when it suddenly became a debate. We were debating whether or not billionaires got lucky in life or if they built it with grit. In my research talking with folks that aren’t billionaires but have a lot of money, they felt it was a combination of dumb luck and opportunity. So, I got to thinking maybe the successful people are not lucky at all but rather create opportunity. They put themselves in the right places to capitalize on opportunity when it arises. But what does that mean exactly…
Five to Ten Year Plans
Well in my opinion, it means that the successful people don’t think short term and actually think 5-10 years from now. Short term success is important but you have to be a chess player by anticipating what others will do and planning accordingly. Long term success attributes to working your plan and persevering through the tough times. Usually, long term success is what millionaires are looking for because they can grow their wealth over a longer period of time. Immediate gratification isn’t even in their vocabulary because they have already planned their next move.
“The more I practice, the luckier I get” – Gary Player
I learned this concept at a young age through golf. Gary Player said, “The more I practice, the luckier I get”. This is a great metaphor for what we are discussing. The more you plan and prepare for something the luckier you will be. This is simply because you will know your topic inside and out. You are now creating your own luck instead of sitting back and waiting for something to happen, and I strongly advise you to not sit back and wait. Opportunity may come in time, but why not go out there and create it from nothing? No one is stopping you from achieving success. You are the CEO of your life so take the long term strategy and watch out for new opportunities.
Be Different. Be Fearless. Be CEO.
I love this post girl! Definitely need the motivation some days to continue to try again and again
– xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com
I love that quote you mentioned! Luck comes to those who work for it!
Jennifer Ashley // http://www.prettylittledetails.com
Love this! Life’s always changing, but I think it’s important to set goals for yourself and where you’d like to be!
I love this and that quote! Definitely want to work on setting longer term goals!
I totally agree with you on everything you said! This is such awesome advice!
Definitely a fan of the be your own CEO motto! SO important to keep pushing and challenging yourself to reach your goals! Great post gal!
Love this. “No one is stopping you from achieving success.” Sometimes we’re so quick to blame others or situations, but at the end of the day, we are in control. Totally needed this reminder.
I agree with what you said girl!! challenging yourself is always the way to go.
This is an amazing post! I love that quote from Gary Player! xx
That quote really resonates with me. If I’m practicing at something, in theory, I’m also improving whatever skill it is and maybe learning new ones. Of course, more opportunities will present themselves and/or I’ll be more confident in my abilities to take advantage of opportunities I would’ve ignored in the past.
Love this! I definitely think creating opportunity will get you far
I love this post. I need to remember that I am the CEO of my own life 🙂
XO, SS || Seersucker Sass
I love that quote and the idea that we’re the CEO’s of our own lives!
I love this post- it’s always important to remember that practice makes perfect. Rarely does anyone get it right on the first try
Such a great post!! I love that quote its so great!
Love this!! Thinking long-term helps you see the upward trend in your success vs only focusing on short term gains and losses
Never heard of that metaphor before but I totally love it! I personally am a planner, but I can’t plan that far ahead either xD we’ll see haha
Such an interesting way of looking at it!
Such a great perspective. I’ll definitely have to keep this in mind! I am so bad at getting stuck in what’s currently happening instead of looking at the bigger picture!
Amy | Pastel N Pink
I love how you say go out there and create opportunity from nothing, can’t hurt if you try, right??
I love this post! You have such a great perspective on things!
Such a great post — you must create your goals and never expect them to come to you! Gotta work for them.
Tori || Victori Media
I love this post! I definitely agree that we have to create our own opportunity.
Love the inspiration that I got from this post. I whole heartedly agree that goal setting is crucial to success.
This is such a great post! I love the quote you shared!
The Blush Blonde
Such an motivational post! You definitely need to create your own opportunity!
Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com
so true, that quote is spot on!
I love this post girl! Currently trying to implement this in my personal and professional life
– xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com
Love this post! I definitely need to work on thinking more about the long term. I’ve gotten pretty good at focusing on goals for the year instead of goals for the month, but I’m definitely going to be thinking more about a 5 year plan than I have in the past.
I like the idea of a five year plan! It’s something I’ve been considering doing lately!! 🙂
Such great ideas! I can’t imagine what I will be doing in 5 years. Well, I have an idea! I guess I just need to set little goals to make it all a reality!
I love the “you are the CEO of your life!” So true. I need a new long term plan, my dream for a long time was to be on the staff of a magazine that no longer exists 🙁 I’m trying to figure out what my new dream will be.
I love this! I agree that it definitely should be a combination. Just like they say, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Again, I think it’s a little combo of both. Thinking long-term is something I’ve always struggled with, and I want to be better about it since I’ll be entering my 30’s in just two years (yikes!).
This really makes a lot of sense! Something I will certainly be thinking about going into 2018.
This was a really insightful post. Thanks for sharing. I think sometimes we don’t think to plan long term because we are either doubtful or fearful but in this perspective doing so can create success. Definitely something I can take into consideration
5 year plans are EVERYTHING! So helpful!
I’ve been horrible at planning long-term— I sort of just take everything as it comes, but that also includes taking and creating opportunities. Great post and thought-starter!
5 to 10 year plans are so important and I hear people at my work talking about them all the time but they’re so daunting to create! It took me ages just to create my one year plan and really know what I was doing so 5 to 10 years just seems impossible haha
Logan | signedlogan.com
I’ve always had a hard time focusing on a 5–10 year plan, but its getting a little clearer this year!