Opportunity knocks only once.
An old proverb once said. And many added that when opportunity knocks, be sure to answer the door.
I always believe that opportunities are aplenty in this vast world. Sometimes, though, we are not aware of such options or are not ready to grab them just yet. Does this make such opportunity a missed chance? I do not think so.
Opportunity knocks only once
They say opportunity knocks only once and there may not be a second chance. We need to be alert. But more than that, we need to identify if such option is an opportunity to advance ourselves. Sometimes, there are opportunities dressed as adversities and vice versa.
Let me share with you one opportunity I just had.
The missed opportunity
I got a job offer. It was for a writing post. I passed the series of interview and got a commendable grade on the sample article asked of me to write. I could start this week, much to my gratification.
I asked for the job details and compensation.
As a newly hire, I need to undergo a certain trial period. I am required to pitch a number of articles a day. And I need to submit the draft on the same day. For that, I would receive only less than half the compensation I was initially told. But after that trial period, I will get a fairly decent pay per approved article. The promise of a higher compensation comes in when I become a regular. The pay per article would be based on the total average page views.
I did not ask anymore when would one be regularized. I politely declined.
What makes for golden opportunities?
I did not accept the offer because I know my workload. I know my limits, and it is best not to pursue things that will lead to my downfall. Committing to a certain number of articles in a day may be too easy for others but not for me. I still have a house to manage and school kids to look after. My 18-month old son also needs my attention.
I was honest with them as well when I mentioned the trial period compensation made me uncomfortable. I just felt it was way below minimum.
I hope I did not act on impulse. I know I did not act on impulse. I acted appropriately on the value the job opportunity would bring to my family and me. I resigned from work in the first place to look after the boys and manage our household. Helping my husband financially is not a priority but would be highly appreciated. Committing myself to a job that would require me to work at least six hours will bring no advantage on my part.
Not so great opportunity is golden for others
The job offer may be a golden opportunity for one or two. It may be the answer to his prayers to earn within the comforts of his home. It is definitely an opportunity to improve himself and hone his English proficiency. Writing entails research and interviews, and that would be advantageous to a person in acquiring new knowledge from his readings and meetings. His confidence as a better writer will indeed develop. And based on experience, writing is a big part of most office duties and responsibilities. This job offer then becomes an appropriate training ground for students, for instance, should they grab it.
Golden opportunity or fool’s gold
I once saw a television documentary about gold mining. Many less-than-knowledgeable miners would often mistake gold-colored minerals as real gold. Only that during appraisal, they would learn that the tons of stones they got were relatively worthless. Because they were all fool’s gold.
The opportunity presented to me that morning may be indeed an opportunity. But inasmuch as I would love to commit, I know something more important would suffer. And that to me will be a missed opportunity. I do not want my time for my boys to be put behind just to invest in a fool’s gold.
Right opportunity is golden
Now everything is made even clearer. The path is different for everyone. It is prudent to go after the doors that are open to us. But we should be wise enough to make a good decision and hold on to that belief. Not all opportunities will bring the greater good. Some might be traps that would all the more exhaust us. This then makes it not the right opportunity for us. When in doubt, always remember that right opportunity is golden. How golden? When you need not compromise anything especially your time for your family.
Have you ever mistaken a fool’s gold as a golden opportunity? Would love to hear from you, please.
* My special thank you to Robert Lee. I had doubts writing this post as I do not want to speak disloyally of the company who hired me. They, after all, only offered a job opportunity. It just so happened I cannot make a commitment. Robert Lee personally made an outline how I would write this post. “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” (James Allen). Again, thank you.