Slim chance we say. What are the odds we ask? From the moment we leave bed to the moment we tuck in, chance unleashes its magic powers upon us. Even while we slumber, it mysteriously labors on. It’s that unknown factor that impacts the lives we live – sometimes good, sometimes bad.
We’ve all heard the old quip by American film producer Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974): “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” And yet how many of us don’t grasp the salience of these few words? No doubt Goldwyn did, as he went on to become one of the most successful movie producers of all time.
Chance is not for the idle, but for the active. The active either inherit its fruits or suffer its consequences. It’s they who will either reap the joys of victory or sow the seeds of defeat. It’s they who understand that neither victory nor defeat is permanent, but only a particular state at a particular time. The world is in constant flux and those that take action are those that harbor the greatest chance.
Understand this basic concept and opportunities are boundless (supposing a free society that cherishes individual liberty – see Freedom: There is No Substitute…). With every action there’s a multitude of counter-actions. One event triggers another and on it goes. Results may not be immediate, but sooner or later something or someone appears. Whether intended or not, doors open and new avenues appear; doors and avenues never considered – that’s the beauty of action and the chance it creates!
Break routine and blaze new trails. Start new hobbies, learn new skills or engage in new sports. Whatever it is, give chance a chance to work. While cycling not long ago my chain came off, an unwelcome interruption to my usual non-stop ride. After placing it back on, I stopped at a canteen nearby to buy a drink. As the person in front of me finished her order, we struck a conversation about riding bikes in Toronto. Seconds turned to minutes and a new friend was born. Action begot chance and the links connected: bike ride, chain off, stop and fix, buy drink, strike conversation, new friend. And that’s the power of action creating chance!
Whether work, business or leisure, the onus is on us to not only create chance, but recognize when it appears. Walk down the street on any given day, especially in this “smart-phone” era and we see people tuned out. Ear plugs in and eyes glazed over, zombie-like they peer into electronic diodes as if awaiting the apocalypse. It’s no wonder many of us complain about scarcity of opportunity! How can chance gain a foothold when we ignore our surroundings, when we’re always somewhere ‘else’ and never ‘here’?
We may not know when chance knocks, but we do know this: it waits for know one. Miss it and it’s gone forever. It’s the unknown factor that makes life interesting, but only if we recognize and act upon it. For without recognition and without action, there is no chance, and without chance, there is no life…
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