Opportunity Quotes


Here are some great opportunity quotes that I’m sure you’ve seen once or twice before.  I just thought you could use a reminder.

Opportunities are always everywhere, learn to see and create them. -Jacob Gelt Dekker

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes. -Henry J. Kaiser

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. -Francis Bacon

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. -?

We do not need more strength or more ability or greater opportunity. What we need is to use what we have. -Basil S. Walsh

Opportunity… Often it comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. -Napoleon Hill

Opportunity rarely knocks on your door. Knock rather on the opportunity’s door if you ardently wish to enter. -B.C Forbes

Success doesn’t come to you…you go to it. -Marva Collins

Every situation, properly perceived, becomes an opportunity. -Helen Schucman and William Thetford

There may not be a second opportunity so just don’t spoil the first chance. -Delno Tromp

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. -John Burroughs

The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find, make them. -George Bernard Shaw

The golden opportunity you are seeking is yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone. -Orison Swett Marden

Most successful men have not achieved their distinction by having some new talent or opportunity presented to them. They have developed the opportunity that was at hand. -Bruce Barton

Opportunities? They are all around us… There is power lying latent everywhere waiting for the observant eye to discover it. -Orison Swett Marden

When one door closes another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the ones which open for us.  -Alexander Graham Bell

The secret of success in life, is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. -Disraeli

Vigilance in watching opportunity; tact and daring in seizing upon opportunity; force and persistence in crowding opportunity to its utmost of possible achievement–these are the martial virtues which must command success. -Austin Phelps

When heaven half opens its arms, he who is faint-hearted deserves not anything. It is this want of faith that often keeps heaven from bestowing its blessings; and even when they come down, it is apt to send them away. -Corneille

The best men are not those who have waited for chances but who have taken them; besieged the chance; conquered the chance; and made chance the servitor. -E.H. Chapin

No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every one has a fair turn to be as great as he pleases. -Jeremy Collier

Which of these jump out at you?  Which of these opportunity quotes will you write down on a sticky note and post in front of you?

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    • Indra
    • August 25, 2009

    Dear Shawn

    Aewsome quotes…..
    I enjoy reading them….
    Keep up the good work….

    As I told, will post some quotes today through email, which you can add too….

    Kind Regards

    • Crystal
    • August 25, 2009

    OMG Shawn they ALL shout at me! I love motivational quotes – you tend to apply them to yourself and your life – that’s the point! Having been thrust into the world of the unemployed last fall and deciding, after much thought and realization of the effort and climb I faced, to begin my own business. From that standpoint, all of these quotes are right on! 7, 9 and 15 are very powerful though. Just love them all. As a matter of fact I just printed them out!

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    Problems are opportunities in work clothes.

    That’s classic.

    Thanks again for compiling these lists. They’re always uplifting.

    • Elizabeth
    • August 26, 2009

    “…the great opportunity is where you are. SO TRUE. Just get out there and try to find another job. It’s not as easy as you think, even if you are well-like and well-regarded in your industry. Get happy and wow ’em where you are.

    • Michelle
    • August 26, 2009

    Opportunity… Often it comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. -Napoleon Hill

    This one is great! Thanks for the positive thoughts!

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    Indra: thanks again for the quotes you sent me. You’ve been very helpful.

    Crystal: it’s incredible what you’re doing with your own proofreading business. I’ve dreamed about losing my job since the 90’s just so I could start out on my own! LOL! I’d love to start an SEO consultancy…. Glad you’re doing well. Actually, how is your business since we last spoke? Getting new clients?

    Valerie: thanks; I like your blog. You’re what they call a “Mommy-Blogger”. 🙂 Just like dooce.com or others.

    Elizabeth: kinda like “bloom where you are planted”.

    Michelle: you’re welcome. 🙂


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    I love this one the most :

    9) Every situation, properly perceived, becomes an opportunity. -Helen Schucman and William Thetford

    This will be my Good morning Quote today at work 🙂

    • Lee
    • March 16, 2010

    I enjoyed reading all the quotes Shawn. I guess my favourite is number 13 & 14… I recently read one that I would like to share by Thomas Edison, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Smile!

    Some people get lots of opportunities but then decide its too hard to create something worthy from them, while other will take anything offered, work very hard to produce something worthwhile. It really is about oneself.

    Have a lovely week!

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      Thanks, Lee. I like what you said about some people taking any opportunity offered, while others don’t. I just read Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers” where he studies why some people are successful while others are not. It covers a wide range of reasons that I had never before ever considered, but one interesting thing he looked at was how some nationalities are accustomed to constant work (for thousands of years) while some others often rested from their labors. Very interesting read.

    • Vibhanshu
    • March 17, 2010

    These are best quotes I have read till now…
    Orison Swett Marden is the writer I admire the most.
    I want to give thanks to http://www.happypublishing.com for presenting these wonderful quotes

    • stephen
    • March 17, 2010

    9 is quite telling. How often we have bemoaned our misfortunes and problems, without even stopping to look at the opportinities being presented. I was upset when my boss denied me an advance to cover a pressing debt. Out of the blue, a colleague talked in passing about a new facility at our bank. I applied apprehensively, only to be approved for 3 times the amount i wanted. Guess what, i paid the debt and invested the rest in my business.

    • Lee
    • March 17, 2010

    Hi Shawn, I do believe that is true some nationalities will do the work while others won’t touch anything that is too difficulty.

    I recall “The Snowy Mountains Scheme” built in Australia, it was hard work and dangerous at times. The Scheme was completed by 1974 after 25 years of construction and is the largest engineering project undertaken in Australia.

    The chief engineer, New Zealand-born William Hudson(knighted 1955), was chosen to head the scheme as Chairman of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority, he was instructed to seek workers from overseas. Hudson’s employment of workers came from 32 (mostly European) countries, many of whom had been at war with each other only a few years earlier, this had a significant effect on the cultural mix of Australia.

    Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme, is one of the most complex integrated water and hydro-electric power schemes in the world and is listed as a “world-class civil engineering project” by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The scheme interlocks seven power stations and 16 major dams through 145 kilometres of trans-mountain tunnels and 80 kilometres of aqueducts. The history of the Snowy Scheme reveals its important role in building post World War Two Australia.

    Surviving War was not easy, but these people were tough, not afraid of hard work.

    My parents migrated to Australia, they came on a ship not worthy for any trip, yet when they arrived after being POW in Germany, they were placed on a farm to work off their fare before being allowed to find their way in a country they knew nothing about. They had to learn a new language, find work start from the beginning with no help form anyone.

    Sorry, I am always telling a story. The values my parents taught me I have passed on to my sons.

    There is more to life than just existing. Courage, determination, perseverance, strength of will, all these people had. They asked for nothing, they worked for everything and they never complained. The week-ends were for friends coming together, eating, a little drinking, joking, sharing their life together. Great childhood memories.

    • Laurie Vowels
    • March 19, 2010

    #6 jumped right out at me,I find in my life that opportunity often comes in the disguise of misfortune. All good quotes Shawn

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