When band member of the succulent Amanda Palmer’s 'Grand Theft Orchestra' put out a call to area violinists and cellists to play the Toronto concert, our 15 year old daughter took the initiative to put together a video of herself playing. She sent it on. Weeks later, she got the news. She was in! When the music arrived via email there were only two days in which to learn it.
She pushed on. One piece was particularly challenging the requiring a phenomenal speed. She felt there was no way that was going to happen in two days time. “Too difficult,” she emailed back. “It’s okay. You can simplify it,” he replied. What a relief she felt.
Then the big night arrived. She played up there; alongside another violinist, cellist and viola the youngest musician the band has ever played with. “Definitely one of the highlights of my life!” she said after the event.
“It’s because she said ‘yes’,” my husband insisted. 'Yes' is the key to opening up opportunities.
I agree. But there is also the idea that opportunities come to those who are prepared. Be prepared for when those opportunities come knocking.
Of course the challenge is recognizing an opportunity when it presents itself. Sometimes we are looking and waiting and waiting for that opportunity when in fact it is right there, under our nose.
Mark Twain once said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
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