Leadership Minute: Common Occasions

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Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them. – Orison Swett Maarden

The down side to seeking extraordinary opportunities is that you may not see them very often. The upside to seeking ordinary opportunities and turning them into extraordinary opportunities is that you could see them more often. A smart leader will seek out the ordinary and turn it into something extraordinary. Common occasions are all around you. They are special moments in the making if your eyes are open to the possibilities before you. If you are sitting around waiting for the next big thing to come your way you will likely miss out on creating your own. Common occasions and opportunities are your pathway to the extraordinary. Look no further than the last opportunity you passed up for being too small or not worthy of your time. Seize the moments that come your way. What may be small today could be an extraordinary event waiting to happen.

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About dougdickerson

I am an internationally recognized leadership speaker, columnist, and author. My books include: "Leaders Without Borders: 9 Essentials for Everyday Leaders", "Great Leaders Wanted", "Leadership by the Numbers", and "It Only Takes a Minute: Daily Inspiration for Leaders on the Move". I live outside beautiful Charleston, South Carolina.
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