Taking Advantage of Your Opportunities is Acting Wisely

Well, you may have heard the saying that “opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work” – Thomas A. Edison. I just wonder how often we should be thinking about this in our daily endeavors.

Let’s look at the story of Cristal, and Gena. They work in the same organization, XYZ Ltd, with Cristal as the leader of their team. Cristal had thought carefully about giving some further opportunity to Gena. To prepare Gena for this opportunity, Cristal decided to see how Gena would do in a particular activity. Of course, she didn't tell Gena about the long-term plans, which would obviously result in increasing Gena’s pay. She wanted Gena to earn it.

From the moment Cristal discussed the new activity, Gena was rebellious. Gena didn’t want any increased work because it seemed too time-consuming plus it made her uncomfortable.

Cristal had to look outside of the organization for another team member that took on the task. This new team member, embracing new challenges, eventually became Gena’s manager. Gena spent the next 17 years at XYZ Ltd on the same level.

Many years later, Gena was complaining to a friend about how she was passed over for a promotion. She felt resentful. She was unhappy.

But, Gena could have at least tried to embrace change when she had the chance. Perhaps, her story would have been lovelier.

Now, this is not to say there aren’t some organizations that are unsupportive of their staff. However, even if you find yourself in that kind of organization, you would have at least tried. And you would then know for sure what the outcome of your effort was.

I know it sounds very much like a cliché. Nonetheless, it’s still crucial to remember that “opportunities come dressed in overalls, and look like work”. Embrace change. Be a change agent. There is usually some good in it. And even if the change is something you don't understand, try to talk to the person that is asking you to make the change rather than just seeing it as negative.


Worry can weigh a person down, but an encouraging word cheers a person up. 'Cornish’s Cheer' hopes to be an encouragement to people who are under pressure, feel lonely, discouraged, or rejected. I hope these writings impart cheer, and hope and help you flourish with patience, love, and sincerity. Be encouraged and cheered. Also, practice 'chanting' positive affirmations, which can be a powerful tool to help boost confidence.

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