How often have we heard someone say that they have wasted an opportunity? There
is a mixture of regrets and of wistfulness.
In fact, it could be even one of pure frustration. For example, a businessman
may have been given an attractive proposition but did not take up the offer.
Later on, he lived to regret it.
What exactly is an opportunity? It is a
chance to have or to do something which one thinks would be beneficial to
oneself. For example, a student may be offered a scholarship to study overseas.
Everyone tells him that this is a good opportunity for him to further his lot in
life as an overseas degree is deemed prestigious and augurs well for his future
career. However, he may not take it up if his family does not allow him. Then
many will say that he had wasted an opportunity.
Opportunities are like these, you have to recognize them and hope that by
seizing them, they will lead to certain desired outcomes. For example, a guy may
be a secret admirer of a girl. One day, he finds himself with a chance to ask
the girl out for a date. If he does not seize the chance to ask her out, he may
not know whether she would accept his request. Others would then say that he had
wasted his opportunity.
Opportunities arise as one goes through life, whether at home, in studies or
later on at work. Those who are born with rich or educated parents have a head
start in life. A rich son can enter a better school or an educated parent can
give informed advice to his children. It is up to these fortunate people to
seize the opportunities presented to them, or these would be wasted. Hence,
opportunities present themselves at certain times. The person who does not grab
those chances would have wasted them.
At work, a woman may have been presented with an opportunity to know her boss
better. If she declined a date with him, she may have denied herself an
opportunity of a fine husband provided that he were of good character. Again, a
man may see an opportunity to display his talents in a project. If he jumps at
the chance and does well, his potential may be recognized in the form of a
promotion by his appreciative boss. Then people would remark that he had not
wasted the opportunity which came by.
Opportunities may present themselves, but one must be ready for them. A
person who has prepared himself by acquiring the right qualifications and work
experience would be well equipped to seize the opportunity if the job he desires
comes by. He would not let such an opportunity slip away and waste it. Hence,
opportunities should be taken. There is a saying, 'Fortune favors the brave'.
After all, people may think there is no harm trying.
Such is life. Life presents us with opportunities. It is up to us to seize
them. If they result in undesirable outcomes, one will not blame oneself. After
all, one has tried.
What would be sad to hear would be about people who
bemoan their lack of opportunities or not seizing the opportunities
which would have led to desirable outcomes. We can only
commiserate with the person who says that he should have married
that good girl or that he should have pursued that course which would have led
to fortune. But luck is the name of the game of life and if you were to ask
every person, he would have his tale of wasted opportunities.