Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.”
Kyle Chandler (born 1865), American actor
Who do you want to be? What do you want to do? What would you like to have? Let’s face it, most of us don’t live in an ideal world, where we are exactly who we want to be, where we can just do whatever we want to do, and have everything we want. Sounds ideal, doesn’t it? But our preferred future is often far different to our current reality!
For most, you’re not the person you would ideally like to be. Maybe you would like to be more successful. Maybe you would like to be more gifted, better at what you do. Or maybe you would like to be something totally different to what you are today? Maybe you’re a plumber, but you’d rather be an electrician. Perhaps you’re an underground miner, but you’d rather be an astronaut! Maybe you’re a pilot, but you’d rather keep your feet on the ground and be a policeman.
For most, you’re not doing exactly what you want to do. Monday morning, and you have to get up for work – but you don’t want to get up, let alone go to work? Maybe you would love to go travelling, but don’t have the funds. Maybe you would like to help out more, but you just don’t have the time. There’s a million and one things you would love to do, but you just can’t for one reason or another – usually no time or money, or both.
And lastly, for most, you don’t have everything you want. (Although that’s probably not a bad thing, actually!) But there may be a few simple things that you would love to have, because they would make life easier for you. Maybe you want a holiday, maybe you are desperate for a break, but you just can’t manage the time off. Maybe you want your own car, because you’re tired of struggling on the bus every day.
Opportunity doesn’t knock
That’s the current reality for most of us – we are simply waiting for the opportunity to come alone, we’re waiting for it to knock on our door! But opportunity doesn’t knock. It doesn’t come looking for you – you have to go looking yourself.
You might look around and see lots of successful people and businesses; you might look at all the celebrities and famous business people. Most of us have heard of Richard Branson or Bill Gates, for example, or Walt Disney. And because you see their success today, and you hear about the opportunities they had to be successful, you miss the journey they took. You miss the hard work, the failures, the knock backs; you miss the difficulties they faced, and the lack of opportunity they had at the beginning, before they made it.
So go and beat down the door
You see, most celebrities had to go and beat down the door. You only have to look at the reality TV shows of today – such as X-factor – to realise that to get to be a singer, you have to beat down the door. Week after week we see people beating that door, until, at the end of the series, it opens for one of them. Often we see that the doors open for some of the others too – maybe in six month or twelve months’ time, or maybe it’s a slightly different door. But the chances are, the more you beat down the door, the more likely it is to open for you.
Notice that it doesn’t say “knock quietly” on the door. No! Beat it! Knock as loudly as you can – bang on the door, and keep doing it! Of course, make sure you’re knocking on the right door – try a few of them – because whatever you’re trying to do or achieve, you might just be knocking on the wrong door. It might be next door, or it might be the door behind you, or in the next building. But it’s a door – and you must keep beating if you want to succeed.
We keep beating down the door
To make a difference in this world, you have to keep beating down the door! That’s why we keep asking people:
will you give us £1 a week to support us?”
That’s all it takes to make a difference – to be a HopeGiver – to help us make a real difference in people’s lives, and in the community you live, by giving ‘A Little Bit of Hope!’ to those in need.
We keep beating on the door, because we need a lot of people to give a little, to make a difference. So how about it? Will you give us £1 a week? Head over to our HopeGiver page right now! And pass it on. That’s how we keep beating down the door, and how you can help – be a HopeGiver and pass it on!