With the unexpected turn of events, life seems to be getting worse for many in society. Things seem hopeless for the average American as COVID has directly impacted their jobs and livelihoods. The situation on January 6, 2021 hasn’t made our situation any better with online censorship being pushed to new extremes as social media is deleting entire accounts for questionable reasons or censoring anything that doesn’t fit the mainstream narrative. Things look bad for the entire country, but there is a silver lining in all this for those who can see past the immediate. In the past, there were a few visionary people who saw opportunity when everything around them seemed hopeless. These men of brilliance became the future leaders and inventors of every society they lived in when everyone else saw hopelessness and despair.
“Victory comes from finding opportunities in problems.”Sun Tzu
In the past, opportunity came about through solving complicated problems. If one were to think about the incentive of every invention or new law created, the focus was always aimed at solving a problem that the current landscape didn’t have an answer for. There will always be a problem that requires a solution. That creates curiosity in humans to evolve and adapt by finding a different method when all available resources have been exhausted. This in turn creates new industries, philosophical methods, and legislation to get tested to see if they can solve the problems that the current methods could not.
The fear of curiosity has created more problems than it has ever solved. Most people err on the side of caution to avoid danger. The problem with that is when one thinks of the dangers of taking action in the worst of times, nothing gets done. The best time to be curious is now. Seizing opportunity to get something done is as simple as thinking about your current situation and thinking in terms of what can one do to improve their predicament. Be curious and act upon it.
“Most people miss Opportunity because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”Thomas A. Edison
There are two types of people in the world. There are those who see a horrible situation and see an opening for opportunity. There are also those who see the same situation and seek excuses. The thing about opportunity is that it requires hard work and the ability to see value in whatever one does. Hard work is something most people try to avoid because of human nature’s instinct to run towards immediate pleasure even if it hurts them long term.
To be innovative or even prepared will require one’s time, patience, and effort. People want problems solved but don’t want to do it themselves which creates the problem of getting whar you want in the short term but having to get it on someone else’s terms. If you let someone else do something for you, then it’s their way or the highway. You will have no say because you didn’t put in the work. What you do or don’t do now can and will affect how you live later.
“Don’t wait for the right opportunity: create it.”George Bernard Shaw
There’s no such thing as the perfect moment. Opportunity waits for no one. No higher power gives things away for free. If you want to do something, now is the time to do it. No one ever succeeded by sitting there and waiting for the stars to align. It is simply an excuse to never try. Failure is what people fear. The truth is that failure will always be present, but that cannot be an excuse to never try. If one is waiting to win, it means they have no desire to actually seek their own opportunity, but are waiting for someone else to do the hard work and then take credit when it becomes the path of least resistance. That seems easier, but the problem lies in the fact that tomorrow is never ever guaranteed. Whatever you wish to do, start now even at your lowest point. Adversity can introduce you to yourself.