Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Creating Opportunity

The Warriors Head Out

Before I begin this blog let me apologise to my readers. I normally make sure that my blog has a little something that can be taken away by most people. Today I have one person in mind as I write. A dear friend has what we in Scotland call a chip of feeling inadequate on her shoulder. Or simply a chip on her shoulder that she is just not good enough. This is for that friend.

An enterprising and successful person is one who comes across a pile of scrap metal and sees the making of a wonderful sculpture. An enterprising person is one who drives through an old decrepit part of town and sees the ideal spot to place that creation. An enterprising person is one who sees opportunity in all areas of life.
To be enterprising is to keep your eyes open and your mind active. It's to be skilled enough, confident enough, creative enough and disciplined enough to seize opportunities that present themselves... regardless of the economy.
A person with an enterprising attitude says, "Find out what you can before action is taken." Do your homework. Do the research. Be prepared. Be resourceful. Do all you can in preparation of what's to come.
Enterprising people always see the future in the present. Enterprising people always find a way to take advantage of a situation, not be burdened by it. And enterprising people aren't lazy. They don't wait for opportunities to come to them they go after the opportunities. Enterprise means always finding a way to keep yourself actively working toward your ambition.
Enterprise is two things. The first is creativity. You need creativity to see what's out there and to shape it to your advantage. You need creativity to look at the world a little differently. You need creativity to take a different approach, to be different.
What goes hand-in-hand with the creativity of enterprise is the second requirement: the courage to be creative. You need courage to see things differently, courage to go against the crowd, courage to take a different approach, courage to stand alone if you have to, and courage to choose activity over inactivity.
And lastly, being enterprising doesn't just relate to the ability to make money, in fact it often has nothing to do with money. Being enterprising also means feeling good enough about yourself, having enough self worth to want to seek advantages and opportunities that will make a difference in your future. And by doing so you will increase your confidence, your courage, you’re creativity and your self-worth, your enterprising nature.
There are always many people who invite you to feel miserable, always remember you do not have to accept the invitation.
This blog is linked to my other:  The Warriors Head Out 


  1. Add some laughter in there and you have a perfect recipe, Ralph! This self esteem sh)t is way too popular these days, too self absorbing and like the fires of hell, too consuming! I think I have met every single kind of person there is, certainly lots of "rich" and "successful" types and I assure your friend, NO ONE is who they appear to be! There are cracks and fissures within us all and the trick is, frankly, get over it. Don't dwell at the precipice, leap over it or find the alternative route. Go buy her a pint!

  2. Now if it was all as easy as buying a pint Jerry. Sometimes the distance makes that impossible and not only the distance in time and space.

  3. This is very nice Ralph. I hope it helps the intended person. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

  4. I hope that the one person you have in mind reads this and realizes it's meant for her. Confidence and courage and creativity. Sounds a bit like a sermon outline to me!! Oh, how ministers love alliteration!!

  5. great 2 posts Ralph, and thanks for dropping by. I love the painting too. Have a great day!

  6. Thoughtful post, Ralph. A person does have to accept that there will be ups and downs and plow through it. :)

  7. "Being enterprising also means feeling good enough about yourself"

    You couldnt have said it better! I realized this very late.. but still not too late!
    Lovely painting too!