Great opportunities are not seen with your eyes. They are seen with your mind. ~ Robert Kiyosaki
Robert is one of my all time favorite authors and wealth creation coaches. He’s not a personal coach, but I extract his coaching by way of books, audio’s and video’s. His insight into business, investing and wealth creation has had a profound effect on my life and the lives of other friends who have also found a wealth of knowledge in his basic financial and easy to understand teachings.
The opportunity thought in his quote above was a fascinating truth. Most everyone wants opportunity (whether they admit it or not) Most say they are always looking for opportunity, but few can ever be found actually acting on an opportunity. I figure there are a couple of reasons for this. The first might be that they may be looking for the gold-plated opportunity presented on a silver platter where nothing can go wrong and there is no risk. By the way, these don’t exist simply because they seldom (if ever) make it outside the circle of serious investors who know how to act immediately and have the resources to do so. I would say that the other group who don’t act on opportunity are those who actually do find an opportunity but for what ever reason cannot muster up the courage to act on it.
I’ve spent plenty of time pounding away at the “Not Willing to Act” group, so I’m not going there today. I think that today, I will focus on seeing the opportunities in the first place. I firmly believe that opportunities are reserved for those who are able to see the missing parts of a situation. Usually, the more hidden the problems are, the bigger the opportunities are. It takes no special skill to take advantage of something that is smooth and successful. But there are seldom real opportunities for reward there either. The true skill of spotting a big opportunity with a big reward attached is the ability to see what “isn’t” there. Or, see what’s missing or what is being mismanaged or misused. Those things are not seen with your eyes because those things are missing or abstract. You have to be able to see with your mind’s eye all of the things you can’t see with your natural eyes.
There is also a truth that exists that the risk associated with opportunity is very real. The irony is that most risk can be mitigated with some education and knowledge. I personally find it ironic that few every seek out advice regarding an opportunity from those who have been successful in a specific area. Many will ask nearly everyone else and banter opinions about that have very little. Then, either act or not based on bad information.
Seeing opportunity is mostly about looking at things that do not seem to be successful and identifying what needs to change to make it successful. In sort, seeing the possibilities, not the problems!