in Quotes

On creating opportunity

I enjoyed this from Biz Stone in Things a Little Bird Told Me:

My dictionary defines opportunity as a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something. The world has conditioned us to wait for opportunity, have the good sense to spot it, and hope to strike at the appropriate time.

But if opportunity is just a set of circumstances, why are we waiting around for the stars to align? Rather than waiting and pouncing with a high degree of failure, you might as well go ahead and create the set of circumstances on your own. If you make the opportunity, you’ll be first in position to take advantage of it.

A few thoughts:

• This is easier said than done but if you can pull it off it pretty much always works.

• This is reminder No. 39,094 that what we have been conditioned to do by the world is not necessarily what’s best.

• Stone quit college because he got a job during the middle of college that he went to college to get. He called it “skipping three grades.” People see college as a life-changing thing but it’s really just a means to an end.