Opportunity – The Craven and The Prince

  Thomas Edison once said that opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work. People also miss opportunities because they don’t recognize them or because they’re waiting on perfect conditions. Edward Rowland Sill wrote a poem that’s a good reminder that winners don’t wait for conditions to become perfect. Winners do whatever it takes with the resources that are available. The poem’s entitled “Opportunity”, and here it is… This I beheld, or dreamed in a dream: There spread a cloud of dust along a plain; And underneath the cloud, or in it, raged a furious battle, and men yelled, and swords shocked upon swords and shields. A prince’s banner wavered, then staggered backward, hemmed in by foes. A craven hung along the battle’s edge and thought, “Had I a sword of keener steel – that blue blade the king’s son bears – but this blunt thing…” He snapt and flung it from his hand, And lowering, crept away and left the field. Then came the king’s son, wounded, sore bestead, And weaponless, and saw the broken sword, Hilt-buried in the dry and trodden sand, And ran and snatched it, and with battle-shout lifted afresh, he hewed his enemy down, And saved a great cause that heroic day. End of poem. Isn’t that good!? By the way, a craven is a cowardly person. And in this poem, the craven had the wrong focus. He focused on what he didn’t have. The king’s son, he had the correct focus. He focused on what he did have. Focus on what you have. Don’t focus on what you lack! Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. Joseph Sugarman said that the greatest success stories are created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity. I’m gonna guess that you’re the type of person who turns problems into opportunities, because this is what winners do, and you are a winner, and given enough time, you WILL win! Yes, you ARE a winner!
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Full Transcript: Hi, this is Don Howe, and the topic for this Golden Nugget is “Opportunity”, and this is part 2 of 5, and I’m basically sharing some random thoughts that I’ve written down over the years. Thomas Edison once said that opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work. People also miss opportunities because they don’t recognize them or because they’re waiting on perfect conditions. Edward Rowland Sill wrote a poem that’s a good reminder that winners don’t wait for conditions to become perfect. Winners do whatever it takes with the resources that are available. The poem’s entitled “Opportunity”, and here it is… This I beheld, or dreamed in a dream: There spread a cloud of dust along a plain; And underneath the cloud, or in it, raged a furious battle, and men yelled, and swords shocked upon swords and shields. A prince’s banner wavered, then staggered backward, hemmed in by foes. A craven hung along the battle’s edge and thought, “Had I a sword of keener steel – that blue blade the king’s son bears – but this blunt thing…” He snapt and flung it from his hand, And lowering, crept away and left the field. Then came the king’s son, wounded, sore bestead, And weaponless, and saw the broken sword, Hilt-buried in the dry and trodden sand, And ran and snatched it, and with battle-shout lifted afresh, he hewed his enemy down, And saved a great cause that heroic day. End of poem. Isn’t that good!? By the way, a craven is a cowardly person. And in this poem, the craven had the wrong focus. He focused on what he didn’t have. The king’s son, he had the correct focus. He focused on what he did have. Focus on what you have. Don’t focus on what you lack! Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. Joseph Sugarman said that the greatest success stories are created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity. I’m gonna guess that you’re the type of person who turns problems into opportunities, because this is what winners do, and you are a winner, and given enough time, you WILL win! Yes, you ARE a winner! Thank you for listening to this Golden Nugget by Don Howe. To learn more about Don’s free sales success system or to have a free success audio like this one sent to you each week day, please visit DonHoweSuccess.com. That’s D O N H O W E S U C C E S S .com
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