“Even when opportunity knocks, a man still has to get up off his seat and open the door.” Anonymous
A few nights ago I watched the Knicks play the Lakers. I couldn’t miss this game because I wanted to check out this new point guard for the Knicks, Jeremy Lin. Over the last week he has literally taken the NBA by storm. I had to see was he really the hype.
Game of the Night
I was very intrigue to see how he was going to play against the Lakers. He had performed well against some subpar teams, but that night he was going against Kobe Bryant aka the ‘Black Mamba’ and the LA Lakers. The sports world wanted to see how Mr. Lin would perform against one of the elite teams with one of the best players in the game.
He did not disappoint. I was totally shocked by his performance. It was like he had been playing at this level for years. I know I wasn’t the only person that was amazed at how he played against the Lakers. On this night he even out shined Kobe. He finished the game with 38 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds. This was a remarkable night for Mr. Lin against one of the NBA’s top tier teams.
Who is Jeremy Lin?
Jeremy Lin came out of nowhere. He is the headline on sport news across the country. Broadcasters, commentators, coaches, players and fans are amazed at his play thus far. He received one of the best comments from who I believe is the best player in the game today, Kobe Bryant.
Kobe said, “If you go back and take a look, his skill level was probably there from the beginning, but no one ever noticed. It’s a great story. It’s a testament to perseverance and hard work. I am sure he has put in a great deal of work to always have that belief in himself. Now he has the opportunity to show it.”
What I really love about Jeremy Lin’s story is not necessary his play, but his path to get where he is. I checked out his pro basketball background and found it to be very interesting.
Undrafted out of Harvard
- Sleeps on his brother’s couch
- Released twice in the offseason
- Played in the D-league
His basketball background does not paint the picture for his current success.
Jeremy Lin is taken full advantage of the opportunity that has been given to him. He has stepped right through his open door. He is living full steam ahead in his moment. He is not waiting approval from the analyst or media. He has not been intimidated by the competition or the bright lights of playing at Madison Square Garden. He understands that he has to make the best of this opportunity because it may never come again.
When Opportunity Knocks!
Are you ready to take full advantage of an opportunity you have dreamed of for years? What if an opportunity presents itself to get a promotion on your job, advance to a more lucrative career or get that business deal you have desired, would you be ready. I believe the reason a lot of us miss out on great opportunities are because we have not made the necessary preparations to step through the door when it opens.
Opportunities aren’t stumbled upon, they were created! They were created by God for you, before you were ever born. Your opportunities for success await your full participation. So go out and begin to put your vision in action and watch the new opportunities spring up. You may need to:
Meet new people.
- Take a class on a new subject.
- Visit a new place.
- Sit down and write out that business plan.
- Join a community outreach program.
- Start a blog website.
- Plan a personal or family vision retreat.
- Update your resume, send it out and then follow-up with the people you’ve sent it to.
In other words, live life on purpose! Don’t wait for your big break; live your own break. Don’t wait for the right company to hire you; create your own company. Don’t sit back and wait for others approval; do what you know you need to do. Define what vision success means for you and then chart out a path to reach that success. You’ll be glad you did!
Question: How can you get ready for when your opportunity knocks? Leave a comment below.