Ability Without Opportunity

“Ability is of little account without opportunity.”
~ Lucille Désirée Ball,
Comedienne, Model,
Film and Television Actress
and Studio Executive
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A National Ethos

“The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States,
the set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity and equality) in which freedom
includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, as well as an upward social mobility for
the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers.”
~ Wikipedia,
The Free Encyclopedia

What We Get & What We Give

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill,
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom ( 1940-1945 ) & (1951–1955),
Non-academic Historian, Writer, Artist,
Nobel Prize in Literature (1953) &
Honorary Citizen of the United States (1963)

It Pays to Know the Enemy

“It pays to know the enemy – not least because at some time
you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.”
~ Margaret Hilda Thatcher,
(Baroness Thatcher), 
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (May 1979–November 1990)
Leader of the Opposition (February 1975–May 1979)
Leader of the Conservative Party (February 1975–November 1990)
Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment (March 1974–February 1975)
Secretary of State for Education and Science (June 1970–March 1974)
Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Science (January 1967-June 1970),
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Pensions (October 1961–October 1964)
Member of Parliament for Finchley (October 1959–April 1992)
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Stay Prepared for Opportunities

“I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you’re prepared for it. ”
~ Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr.,
Golden Globe Awards recipient (2x), Tony Award,
Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor

Failure to Failure

“Success consists of going from failure to failure
without loss of enthusiasm.”

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchilll,
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom ( 1940-1945 ) & (1951–1955),
Non-academic Historian, Writer, Artist,
Nobel Prize in Literature (1953) &
Honorary Citizen of the United States (1963)

We Need Quiet Time

“We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly –
spending quiet time alone
gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself
and create order.”
~ Susan L. Taylor,
Editor, Writer & Journalist, Editor-In-Chief – Essence (1981-2000)

The Best Opportunities

“For the most part, the best opportunities now lie
where your competitors have yet to establish themselves,
not where they’re already entrenched.”
~ Paul Allen,
Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist. Co-Founder – Microsoft,
Founder:
Vulcan Inc., Allen Institute for Brain Science, Institute for Artificial Intelligence,
Institute for Cell Science, and Stratolaunch Systems.Contents

Opportunities of the Right Place & Right Time

“… It’s being in the right place at the right time
and taking advantage of your opportunities.”
~ Lee Majors,
Film Actor, Television Actor & Voice Actor

Creative Entrepreneurs

“Everywhere I go, I always look for creative entrepreneurs,
whether it’s artisans and craftsmen, small farmers and gardeners, or restaurateurs
who use fresh, locally sourced ingredients. I admire the courage and self-reliance
it takes to start your own business and make it succeed.”
~ Martha Stewart,
Entrepreneur, Writer, Television Host,
Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia & former Fashion Model

Nearly Every Moment

“Nearly every moment of every day,
we have the opportunity to give something to someone else
– our time, our love, our resources.”
~ S. Truett Cathy,
Entrepreneur, Founder – Chick-fil-A, Founder – WinShape Foundation,
Foster Parent (30 years), Horatio Alger Award,
Omicron Delta Kappa Laurel Crowned Circle Award (2009),
William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership (2008),
Norman Vincent & Ruth Stafford Peale Humanitarian Award,
Boy Scouts of America Silver Buffalo Award,
William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership,
Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame (2003)

Business: Risks & Chances

“In business, there’s a difference between a risk and a chance.
A well-calculated risk may very well end up
as an investment in your business.
A careless chance can cause it to crumble.
And when an opportunity presents itself,
never assume it will be your last.”
~ Martha Stewart,
Entrepreneur, Writer, Television Host,
Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia & former Fashion Model

Thinking YOU CAN

“I didn’t see myself any different from my white counterparts in school.
I just didn’t! I thought I could do what they did.
And what I didn’t do well,
I thought people were going to give me the opportunity to do well,
because maybe they saw my talent,
so they would give me a chance.
I had no idea that they would see me completely different.”
~ Viola Davis,
Actress & Producer

Your Love, Your Living

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“There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love;
there’s only scarcity of resolve to make it happen.
Doing what you love is the cornerstone of
having abundance in your life.”
~ Wayne Dyer,
Philosopher, Author, & Motivational Speaker

It’s Your Hour to Cherish

“Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all.
Cherish each hour of this day for it can NEVER return. Welcome every morning with a smile.
Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator,
another golden opportunity.”

Og Mandino a.k.a Augustine Mandino II
Author

Mistakes: Opportunities to Overcome

“I don’t remember any mistakes, only opportunities to overcome problems.””
~ James Sorenson,,
Founder – Sorenson Companies & Philanthropist

The Chances We Miss

“Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss
when you don’t even try.”
~ Jack Canfield,
Author, Motivational Speaker, Seminar Leader,
Corporate Trainer & Entrepreneur

For That Chance

“If I can play a little part in the world’s healing,
and making it a better place than when I came,
then I just thank God for that chance.”
~ Mariska Magdolna Hargitay,
Joyful Heart Foundation – Founder & President, Actress, Miss Beverly Hills USA (1982),
Emmy Award (2006), Golden Globe Award (2005), Gracie Allen Award (2004, 2009, 2014),
Muse Award (2012), Prism Award (2007), Star on the Walk of Fame (2013)

I Entrepreneur

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“I BELIEVE anything is possible.
I SEE opportunity when others see impossibility.
I TAKE risks.
I’m FOCUSED.
I HUSTLE.
I KNOW that nothing is unrealistic.
I FEEL overwhelming love.

I EMBRACE my childlike wonder & curiosity.
I TAKE flying leaps into the unknown.
I CONTRIBUTE to something bigger than myself.
I CREATE.
I LEARN.
I GROW.
I DO.

I BELIEVE it’s NEVER TOO LATE to START LIVING a DREAM.

I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR.
~ AUTHOR UNKNOWN

Hearing a Different Drummer

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“If a man does not keep pace with his companions perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”
~ Henry David Thoreau,
Author, Poet, Philosopher,
Abolitionist, Naturalist, Tax Resister,
Surveyor, and Historian

Obstacles & Opportunities

“What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity.”

~ J. Sidlow Baxter
1903-1999, Author and Theologian

Imagine Your Opportunity, Create Your Opportunity

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne,
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne,
Writer

“A strong imagination begetteth opportunity ”

~ Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Writer, French Renaissance

Oh, My Goodness! I’m Becoming a Poet, and I Didn’t Even Know It!

Well, I hope that title makes you smile as often as it has made me smile.  The title for this post was my reaction to a statement I spoke to the Lord this morning, after getting out of bed!  I stated:

“Good morning, Adonai.  Thank-you for the blessings that have already come.
Thank-you for the blessings already on their way.  Thank-you for the blessings here,  for today.”

~ Michelle’Chaella’ Boddie

Scripts with “Adonai”: Genesis 15:2, Deuteronomy 10:17, & Psalm 136:3.

Your Gifts, and Talents, Make Room for You!

Gifts can open many doors and help you meet important people.” ~ Proverbs 18:16 (ERV)
A Human's Gift Makes Room
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Miracles: Everything is Possible

Constructive action works miracles.  Emphasize what can be done, rather than what cannot.  Complaining wastes time and energy.  Things improve when more people build up and fewer tear down.  With God’s help, everything is possible. .”

The Christophers

Darkness Reveals Stars

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Essayist, Lecturer, and Poet

Look for the ‘stars’ in a ‘dark’ circumstance; you’ll see them if you look for them.
Sometimes solutions do not become obvious (& ‘visible’) until the darkest moments.

We’re Passing This Way Once, So We’ll Show Kindness Now!

Good morning! Today’s quote:

“I can expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow-being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.”

William Penn

Opportunity Windows

Good day, Everyone!  Here’s a fabulous quote to practice!:

“If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.”

Tom Peters

Pessimist or Optimist?

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity.
The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchilll,
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom ( 1940-1945 ) & (1951–1955),
Non-academic Historian, Writer, Artist,
Nobel Prize in Literature (1953) &
Honorary Citizen of the United States (1963)

Keep Sowing!

“Keep on sowing your seed,
for you never know which will grow
– perhaps it all will.”

Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist & Nobel Prize – Physics (1921),
Barnard Medal (1920), Matteucci Medal (1921), ForMemRS (1921),
Copley Medal (1925), Gold Medal – Royal Astronomical Society (1926),
Max Planck Medal (1929) & Time Person of the Century (1999)