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  • James McPartland

Make Your Opportunities

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.”

– Orison Swett Mardin, 1850-1924, Author

Frequently, friends, colleagues, and clients will ask about the successes–and what seems to be the obvious luck–of others whom I work with, know, or have coached in the past. It is as if there is a one key, or magic formula, that I might be able to point out that could lead them down the same road.

And, when I think about it, I suppose there is. The folks I know who have created amazing lives do have a few things in common:

  • They hold themselves to a very high standard

  • They are unreasonable in their expectations

  • They don’t see failure as an option

  • They pursue their passion and purpose with vigor – every day

I would describe these people as leaders. And, by my definition, a leader creates a future that was not going to happen unless they create it.

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