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


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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

Matthew Toren is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, investor and co-founder of YoungEntrepreneur.com. He is co-author, with his brother Adam, of Kidpreneurs.org, BizWarriors.com and Small Business, BIG Vision: Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right (Wiley).

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