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    28 September 2012


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    Another way to put this very useful quote is, “Ready, Fire, Aim!” Not to say that you go off and start making decisions without any forethought, but better to take action than sit around waiting for something to happen. You have choices…

    Wait for Opportunity

    Generally speaking, there are two ways to approach life.  You can be passive.  You can sit back and wait for something great to come your way.  You can rely on luck and knowing how to spot opportunities when they fall in your lap.  The truth is, you may experience luck and have some success.  After all, some people may not even realize there are favorable circumstances right in front of their faces.

    Or Create Opportunity

    Being passive is no fun.  Take action and make your own luck.  Have you ever noticed that the most successful people seem to have a certain curiosity about life?  It’s because they’re active.  They’re actively searching for new questions and new answers.  They’re actively looking at things from as many angles as they can.  They’re engaged in their surroundings and they know how to poke and prod opportunity out of thin air.

    Hope for the Best

    You may be endlessly waiting to start up a conversation with a new crush.  You may be standing in the outfield with your glove in the air just hoping for the ball to find you.  Either way, you’re being an observer in your own life.

    Or Encourage Action

    Don’t waste any time thinking about what your crush thinks of you.  Walk up and introduce yourself.  Don’t stand in the outfield.  See where that ball is headed and run.  Dive for it!  Don’t passively observe.  You shouldn’t be enjoying the subtle sounds of the harmony of your life’s soundtrack.  You should be conducting your own life’s orchestra.

    Be Content

    Some people are easily satisfied.  They are satisfied by sitting back and letting things unfold as they may.  The thing is, you could be waiting a long time for that hot iron to appear.   Others aren’t really satisfied at all.  They just feel powerless to try and turn their surroundings into opportunities.

    Or Be Inspired

    While there is much joy to be had from life’s little pleasures, many people with an entrepreneurial spirit aren’t so easily satisfied.  They know that the greatest satisfaction comes from solving challenges, personal growth, and inspiring others.  They’re not afraid to shake things up to see if something valuable or fun may be conjured into existence.

    Let Your Business Have Growth

    Don’t wait for success to find it’s way to you.  Don’t wait for “conditions” to be perfect before making any moves.  You’ve got to be willing to fight even when conditions don’t seem optimal.  A great chess player doesn’t leave his pieces motionless and wait for his opponent to make a mistake.  He creates his own conditions from the space around him.

    Or Grow Your Business

    Grow your business and your brand from the inside out.  Your ideals should be able to shine through your actions.  If you approach life with clarity, curiosity, and the will to create your own opportunities, your business will share those same characteristics.

    The world is full of people waiting for someone to take action.  Don’t be one of life’s bystanders.  Be one of its actors.

    Matthew Toren is an Award Winning Author, Serial Entrepreneur, and Investor. He Co-Founded along with his brother Adam. Matthew is co-author of the newly released book: Small Business, Big Vision: “Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right” and also co-author of Kidpreneurs.


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    8 Responses to Are You Making Things Happen or Waiting for them to Happen?

    1. John C September 28, 2012 at 9:59 am #

      I don’t comment very often on what I read, but I took your advice and here I am to say that was a great article. This is especially applicable to the business world, which is based on creating opportunity rather than waiting for it. Doubly so in the small tech start up environment.

    2. Thomas @ Mobile App Tycoon September 28, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

      Love this mindset. That’s why I love hanging with entrepreneurs – a much larger percentage tend to have an “action” mindset. Too many people who aren’t entrepreneurs tend to be content with living a life mediocrity in my opinion. You don’t need to be super rich or super famous to be happy, but you should always try to be as successful as you possibly can.


    3. Douglas Tobaiwa September 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

      The most successful entrepreneurs are those who take action when required. Entrepreneurs take action when others are waiting for the right time to do it. If you can think of it start now. I agree with the article totally. Entrepreneurs lead and others follow.

    4. Caleb Page October 1, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

      Good post. I’m interested in hearing about entrepreneurs who overextend themselves as well. Would it be possible to take too much action or create too much opportunity? Just food for thought…

    5. Hannah Hamilton October 2, 2012 at 12:56 am #

      If I am on facebook I’ll click “Like” and “share”. This is very inspirational post. I don’t believe in destiny or fate also rather it is us who drew ourselves in the situation, so “waiting for a business to grow” is a choice but “taking some actions to grow the business” makes a difference.

    6. Steve Pronger October 2, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

      Wonderfully inspired thinking. I’m approaching the rest of the day with renewed vigour :-)

    7. Travis Cruger October 7, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

      Awesome mind set. Key lessons not only for your busy, but to live by as well.

    8. Anton Volney May 12, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

      I can relate to this. When I graduated university, I told myself that I wouldn’t wait for a business opportunity to knock on my door. I just jumped in and tried my best. I think if I waited, I would have missed my train. Even though it’s been an extremely difficult 2 years, I have no regrets.

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