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By Dr. Stan Helmsletter

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How do you exploit opportunities?
Read an inspiring story, be ready, be sharp, be shrewd, and take prompt action.

Read an inspiring story

"When I was a boy — said General Grant — my mother one morning found herself without butter for breakfast, and sent me to borrow some from a neighbor.

Going into the house without knocking, I overheard a letter read from the son of a neighbor, who was then at West Point, stating that he had failed in an exam and was coming home.

I got the butter, took it home, and without waiting for breakfast ran to the office of the congressman for our district.

'Mr. Hamer,' I said, 'will you appoint me to West Point?'

'No, Mr. J is there, and has three years to serve.'

'But suppose he should fail, will you send me?'

Mr. Hamer laughed. 'If he doesn't go through, no use for you to try, Uly.'

'Promise me you will give me the chance, Mr. Hamer, anyhow.' Mr. Hamer promised.

The next day the defeated lad came home, and the congressman, laughing at my sharpness, gave me the appointment. Now — said Grant — it was my mother's being without butter that made me general and president."

Be ready!

How do you exploit your opportunities? You need to be ready for your Fortune. You need to be ready, because she will likely visit you. The issue is, she will leave you, if she finds you're not ready to receive her. There is nobody — said a Roman Cardinal — whom Fortune does not visit at least once in his life; However, if she finds he is not ready to receive her, she goes in at the door, and out through the window.

Be sharp!

How do you exploit opportunities? You need to be sharp, because opportunity is coy. If you're careless, slow, unobservant, or lazy, you will fail to see and seize it. And then, it will be gone.

You need to be sharp. Because, if you're sharp, you will detect it instantly. If you're sharp, you will catch it when it's still on the wing. ...More >>

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