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58.Grab the Opportunities

“There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love;there is only scarcity of resolve to make it happen.”
…..Wayne Dyer

A Story by Darren:

There were once two men who would play golf together on a weekly basis.
Cal was in his late teens and showed a lot of promise in the game and the second man, Bill, was in his
early 40’s and was consistently able to beat his younger opponent.
One day when they were playing, Cal announced to Bill that he was going to try out for the pro tour in
the following week.  He knew that it was a long shot, but it was his dream to be a professional golfer, so
he thought that he should give it a try.
“I could have done that.” was Bill’s curt response.
“Then why didn’t you?” asked Cal.
“I don’t know, I never got around to it.” responded the older man.

A couple of weeks later, the two men played together again.
Cal looked slightly dispirited as he announced that he had missed the cut and had to wait another year
to try again. 
However, he knew what he had to work on, so he practiced hard for the following 12 months and
continued to improve, although Bill still beat him regularly.
The time drew near to the next try-out for the pro tour.
“I’m having another go next week.” said Cal.
“I could have done that,” snorted Bill.
“Yeah, but you didn’t did you?” muttered Cal under his breath.
A couple of weeks later, the two men met again.
“I missed out again.” said Cal.
“Why don’t you just give up?” asked Bill.
“Because it’s my dream and I think if I work really hard this year, I can make the cut.”
“I could have done that.” said Bill.

After a year of perfecting his flaws through practice and coaching, Cal really improved over the course of
the year and had another try.
He met up with Bill again. “I made it, I made the cut! I’m a professional golfer now!” he proudly
announced.
Bill tried to be happy for his young friend, but all he could say was, “I could have done that.”
As he said these words, he tried to hide a tear forming in his eye, realizing now what he had missed out
on because he didn’t do what he could have done.

Learning:
Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Grab the opportunities.
Make it happen.

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