The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
I had breakfast yesterday with one of my favorite people. My friend has been the transitional leader of our states top leadership organization that is now transitioning itself to a new model that will result in it making even greater contributions to our citizen’s wellbeing. I think one of the greatest tests of ones skills is the ability to provide the framework where people can enthusiastically change long established institutions that have been bound by tradition and habit to the past.
What I like about my friend is her ability to see what might be without letting the fear of breaking with tradition keep her from helping members understand the value of building a more effective organization. My friend and I have not known each other very long and I feel fortunate that she has given me the gift of her friendship; it has been a joy to watch her work. Here are some of the things that make her special.
- For her just good enough is not good enough
- She does whatever she does with enthusiasm
- She views change as a necessary positive while not letting fear of change anchor her to the past.
- She gives credit to others for their contribution to a better future
- She does not require accolades from others, she takes quiet pride in the outcomes she makes possible
- And for me, best of all, − she cares
I think too many of us let the opportunity to make a difference pass us by either because we lack confidence or we view an opportunity as being too difficult to act upon. It does not have to be that way; read what Ralph Marston wrote below and you will see what I mean.
The opportunity of your life
You have opportunity right now, on this very day that you’ll never have again. Are you going to let it pass you by, or are you going to make full and valuable use of it?
The moments that make up this day are moments you can use to solve problems, to develop more effective ways of doing things, and to create value. The moments that make up this day are moments you can be using right now to move your life forward.
Look around you. See and appreciate what a magnificent world you live in and what a tremendous opportunity you have to make a difference. Within you are dreams that long to be brought to life. Within you is real, substantive, unique value that deserves to be fully expressed and experienced.
With joy in your heart and enthusiasm in your actions, get up right now and get busy living the best of those dreams. There are dozens of creative, productive, life-enhancing things you can do, so focus on the first one and get busy.
The opportunity of your life is here. Live it with all you have.
Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.
Sol and Ben are opening a new fish store, and they are sitting down to sketch out the sign. Ben draws “FRESH FISH SOLD HERE TODAY”. The guy in the sign shop tells them he charges $30 a letter, and the two entrepreneurs go home to talk it over.
Sol says, “We don’t need TODAY — of course they’re for sale today.” Ben agrees and says, “HERE? Where else would we be selling fish?” and they agree to delete that word, too. Sol thinks a minute and says. “SOLD we don’t need. It’s a store, they come in they’ll see a cash register, they’ll know,” and Ben strikes that word out, too.
The sign now says FRESH FISH. Ben shakes his head. “Of course FRESH. Would we be selling stale fish?” and they cross that word out. The sign now says FISH, and Sol crumples up the paper. “We’ll leave the door open, they’ll smell and they’ll know we have fish,” he says as Ben nods. “Already, before we open, we’ve saved over $600.”
When an agnostic dies, does he go to the “great perhaps”?
Three boys are in the school yard bragging about their fathers. The first boy says, “My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a poem, they give him $50.”
The second boy says, “That’s nothing. My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a song, they give him $100.”
Little Johnny says, “I got you both beat. My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a sermon, and it takes eight people to collect all the money!”
A positive attitude will not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
Grandma’s on the net again, the kitchen’s not her home,
She used to make us cherry pies, and call us on the phone.
She would talk to us for hours; now she leaves us all alone.
We miss her homemade biscuits, and I’ll make this little bet,
If you want to contact Grandma, you’ll have to surf the net.
Grandma’s surfing on the net, you bet.
She is surfing on the net.
We’ve been calling her all morning, and we haven’t got her yet.
She’s on the E-mail network, with her electronic friends.
If you want to talk to grandma, you’ll have to surf the net.
She’s never surfed at Malibu, or caught a wave at Waikiki,
She’s never seen a surfboard: hang ten doesn’t mean a thing.
She’s never met a beach-bum–Noon Doggie is just a pup.
But when she heads for her computer, you know the surf is up.
Grandma’s getting older and her eyes are getting dim,
Her random access memory, is half of what its been.
When Saint Peter comes to call someday, she’ll say I can’t go yet.
He’ll have to wait for Grandma, cause she’s surfing on the net.
“We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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