Last week I gave a speech to a very large organization that was struggling with what to do given they were just coming out of bankruptcy.   As I looked at the audience I realized that each of them had their own dreams. And the fact that they still had a job, a place that valued what they contributed to the organization, and a fresh new outlook I was equally stimulated by their new future. Here are some excerpt from my ‘discussion’ with the audience.opportunities-future--large-msg-128960020992

The people that really succeed in the world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want,and, if they can’t find them, make them.

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. Change is about how you deal with it, not what is dealt to you.

The great opportunity in your life is where you are right now.

Properly perceived, every situation becomes an opportunity for you.

Your success is not a matter of chance, it’s a matter of your choice.

It’s not something you wait for, but rather something you achieve with effort.

Things won’t turn up in this world until you turn them up. You develop opportunity by applying persistence to your possibilities.

Opportunity is all around you. Look for it, and you will find it.

To solve a problem or to reach your goal, you don’t need to know all the answers in advance.

But you must have a clear idea of the goal you want to reach in advance.

The golden opportunity you are seeking lies within you.

It’s not in your environment.  It’s not in luck or chance, or in the help of others.  It’s all in you.

There are opportunities all around you.

And if the door of opportunity appears closed, you must knock on it, and keep on knocking on it until it opens.

According to Jim

  1. You must become an opener of doors.
  2. You can develop your opportunities by applying persistence to your possibilities.
  3. Success doesn’t come to you, you must go to it.
  4. Everyone who achieved success in a great venture, solved each problem as they came to it.
  5. Keep going regardless of the obstacles encountered.
  6. Don’t procrastinate when faced with a difficult problem.
  7. Break your problem into parts, and handle one part at a time. All you have to do is know where you’re going.
  8. The answers will come to you of their own accord.
  9. It’s the job you never start that takes longer to finish.
  10. The road to success is always under construction.