Opportunity vs. Hardship

Personal Leadership

For the past 8 months, I have been trying to get a business going. I spent 6 months on one venture and the opportunity ended in the ditch. I am now working on another. Instead of being discouraged, I have realized that we live in the greatest land with the greatest opportunities. If first you don't succeed, look for another opportunity. No where else in the world does this environment exist! If you don't like what you are doing, go do something else! Wow! What an incredible country we live in. Too often, we focus on what we don't have or what bad circumstances are happening without ever comparing ourselves to other countries or other times in history. My new reply for when someone asks me "How's it going?" is to answer "Incredible! The streets are paved with gold!" or "Incredible, opportunity abounds everywhere. I just have to go out and get it!"


In light of my business ventures and the struggles we face, it is easy to get bogged down in the past. But the past does not take us anywhere but down. Focusing on the past immobilizes you from taking action.

The Apostle Paul reminds us in Philippians 3:13-14 "But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

Two questions:

1) Are you looking at the past or do you have a future focus? If in the past, then you are stuck or actually moving backwards. Looking back immobilizes, looking positively into the future motivates.

2) Is your goal strictly for you or is there a heavenly aspect to this goal? If something always gets in the way of your goal, then your goal is probably not clearly defined in terms of steps to achieve nor the benefit to you and others. It is probably not a true goal but just a hope. A goal is worth hard work and focus.

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