There is always a formidable rush to be successful.
Yet, the wise Man declared out of His ken of intelligent knowledge and seasoned wisdom “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 favor to men of skill;, but time and chance happeneth to them all”. (Eccl. 9: 11).
Initially, one is poised to reason that above quote lend credence to indolence. Others might surmise that the quotation buttresses the opinion of people who crave chance and sheer good luck to make a break in every attempt in life.
Each of us has the time and space to dispense with, for opportune projects and assignments. How well and profitable you make use of that opportunity depends upon you. But in this Time and Opportunity there is Incident, what may fall in; and Occurrence, what may meet and frustrate an attempt. These things should be wisely weighed, and seriously balanced; for those four things belong to every human action. (Sounds like the strategy, in all matters).
While you have Time, seek an Opportunity to do what is right; but calculate on hindrances and oppositions, because time and opportunity have their Incident and Occurrence.
While attending the high school reunion, we discovered that one student who led the class from the beginning to the last year was not the richest or most prominent of the reunion. She is still doing well as a university lecturer. But it was Ronald, the “dreg” of the class, who managed to make his last papers with us. He came in a remarkably expansive and expensive way. He is now an oil magnate in the Middle –East. In his story, he actually decided to travel with his girl-friend who found a job in the Arabian Gulf ten years ago. They later married and settled down there. “I grasped the rare opportunity the moment I saw it, and the rest is history”, he declared.
Wonder why the infamous Big Ben chose nothing apart from executing the Great London Robbery.
Why should artists, athletes and politicians cheat and deceive in races and competitions, knowing full well that they would be disgraced when caught.
Why should Generals who work by the rule, fight by the rule, and won battles by the rule fail to live by the rule, risking and losing all honors, glories, and accolades on the laps of a lousy tart, women of easy virtues.
Wonder why politicians, businessmen, corporate executives steal from the wealth and covers of everybody.
Cheats and dishonest people never succeeded in the true sense of it. They merely made money or fame by greed and selfishness, always to be haunted by conscience and judgment. But many people are carried away by their dishonesty and greed, seeking to do likewise.
Warren buffet became wealthy because Buffet obeys the law of frugality and investment to the letter, taking opportunities of time, occurrence and incidence from his early life.
Steve Job lost his company to new investors, but returned more than twelve years later to take over because he kept doing what he knew to do best, taking opportunities of time, occurrence and incidence.
Bill Gates led the pack of richest men across the globe because he took advantage of time, opportunities, occurrence and incidence.
John F. Kennedy was less expected to become the towering success he eventually turned out to be. Many doubted his difficult health. The daring man threw his fears to the winds, forged ahead as a Congressman, Senator and one of the most beloved Presidents of the United States of America. Why? JFK had learnt early in life to take the utmost advantage of time, opportunities, occurrence, and incidence, even at the point of death.
Forget the book makers, President Obama took full advantage of time, opportunities, occurrence and incidence to win re-election and made history for self and mankind.
How do you rate yourself on this all-important score sheet?
It is the key to your discovery and bigger success!
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
1 – Be Proactive: Form the habit of having a dream, define your vision, and set goals that are quantifiable and measurable as you move progressively towards the mark of dream attainment while using your time adequately
Habit 2 – Begin with the End in Mind: Define what is critical to you and set about its attainment working around all essential limits for and against that goal.
Habit 3 – First Things First: Plotting the concepts of urgency and importance against each other defines where you spend your time and upon what you dissipate your energy. Set your priorities and follow through.
Habit 4 – Think Win Win: A win win attitude is the habit of settlement between two opinions without a compromise.
Habit 5 – Seek First to Understand, then be Understood: Seek to understand the other party in the effort to make the opposition read our clear intentions. Though our mind is oft to seek suspicion and misunderstanding, this habit guides one to apply quality time and effort to understand the other party, and thus get good interpersonal relationship as the two parties end up understanding each other in a win win situation.
Habit 6 – Synergize: This habit involves brainstorming with colleagues or other parties, seeking a solution to a problem in the win-win spirit. Synergy – the marvelous idea whereby the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
Habit 7 – Sharpen the Saw: As the Saw, become better, keener and more effective. Highly Effective People always take time to fine-tune themselves, to keep their wits, intellect, abilities, and capabilities as most effective as ever.