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The opportunity present

I usually think of it this way: any opportunity that presents itself to me is a ‘present’. That means it is wrapped up. In order for me to benefit from it, I must ‘cut off the outer coating before…’ I can make good use of it. There is some level of preparation I must make towards that opportunity. 

Ideas and opportunities can sometime be confusing and create contradictions in your mind. “Should I relocate?” “Do I marry that person?” “Can I accomplish this thing that no one has ever done before?” 

Those questions, contradictions, confusions, pain points and everything else that come with the idea are all wrappers. It is preparation that will help you to unravel the outer coverings to get to the substance inside, then you are able to clearly see if the substance is good for you or not. 

I want to start a business, but I must cut off the outer covering of how to do it before I can start. Asking questions and getting answers to them is the great pair of scissors to cut through the covering surrounding your opportunity. The more you know about it, the more you will be able to get ready for it. 

As I look back on my journey through life, I can see the areas where I failed to prepare and the pains that accompanied them, but I also see the experiences that were largely pleasant because I properly planned for them. It was all kind of hit and miss back then, but now I have learnt to use my scissors of preparation more and more so that I have more days of a hit rather than a miss.