“Your big opportunity may be right where you are now. ” ~Napoleon Hill

We are living in the age of opportunity, where the articles upon articles are being published, movies being made and books transcribed on the concept of seizing opportunities, living in the present. The concept is to prove the notion that we must capitalise on the opportunity when it presents itself because it may not come full circle to us. If the opportunity is missed the first time, that’s it! It’s gone forever. Many people, have searched or maybe continue to search for that BIG break, the opportunity to catapult them to success, spending hours searching and researching those who have managed to achieve it.

Someone once told me that if you haven’t had that ‘BIG break’ by the age of forty, it will never come. An idea I never really entertained since so many people have dispelled that thought. I’ve listed a few of them below.

1. After years of small parts, Samuel L. Jackson got his first big role as an actor at the age of 43 in Spike Lee’s 1991 film Jungle Fever.

2. Henry Ford was 45 when he created the revolutionary Model T car in 1908.


3. Harland Sanders, better known as Colonel Sanders, was 62 when he franchised Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1952.

4.Vera Wang didn’t begin her career as a designer until she was 40.

I’m not saying you have to become an actor, a designer or whip up a batch fried chicken to sell door to door. But if you’re 40 or over and reading this you’re probably asking yourself. When will my big break come? When will the perceived success I’m seeking move from my imagination to fruition?  Unfortunately, I don’t have the answers to those questions. What I do know is that you have the ability to take steps in a positive direction. That direction can lead you to your big break because the climatic moment that will manifest the success of all your efforts,  will come suddenly and in complete disregard of your current circumstance and it will have nothing to do with luck.

Confidence, awareness and education are all that you will need to be ready to seize the opportunity in the wake of that unforeseen moment when success comes knocking. You must be prepared to seize the opportunity so that when the moment arise you can react.

~Happy Monday

©Etta D. Richards