What Is Opportunity?
“Life is a wave. Ride it” I was a freshman in high school when I heard this analogy. I remember understanding the basis of the message but it didn’t completely register like it does now.
Today, I have a deeper understanding of the analogy. The analogy itself represents life; the “wave” symbolizes opportunity. To continue the analogy, when you’re surfing, waves don’t wait for you. In other words, if you don’t see an opportunity, it’ll pass you like a wave.
I believe people are misled on what opportunity actually is. I believe the masses of people assume opportunity is like a hot tub. You jump in, chill out and hope it rubs off, but it’s not.
Opportunity is not luck, chance or open-ended. It’s inimitable, defined and can be perceived. It’s literally an intangible object available for limited time. It arises unannounced and may be projected into the future for either a positive or negative return.
The Awareness Factor
In my brief twenty three years, the most important factor responsible for my early success is my massive awareness of life and it’s opportunities when presented. If you want to be successful at anything, you must be able to perceive forming opportunities like surfers perceive forming waves.
This ability to spot and seize opportunities affects every aspect of your life. No matter if it’s you’re happiness, job, intimate relationship, friends, health, wealth or anything to do with barrel racing.
The Martha Ole
“I was oblivious to the cost when scrolling through the listings because in doing so I learned what I was looking for was so particular, I wanted that bloodline”
After weeks of consistent searching, she finally found one, “I immediately called the listed number right then and there”.
Gordon, the man who answered the phone, in that moment was unfamiliar to my mother. It wasn’t until he mentioned his daughter, Chani, to which she said, “You mean the Chani, Chani Payne, Rookie of The Year?”, “Yes Ma’am”.
If it weren’t for my mother’s instantaneous phone call and knowledge of who Chani was, I wouldn’t be writing this article and it wouldn’t be credible. My sister wouldn’t have earned a pro-card, Go Fast wouldn’t exist and Martha Ole (aka: Mo) could’ve belonged to a bigger name.
Case & Point
How serious are you about barrel racing? Do you study it like my mother did when my sister and I were to young to know better? How aware are you of the barrel racing industry?
To me, whether it be 3 years or 3 seconds, success is the awareness you have to take action on opportunity in the period of time it gives you. Imagine the opportunity cost if my mother didn’t make the call to Gordon, or more so if she never knew who Chani was?
If I speak for anything, the strength of your awareness, your ability to sense and observe, at whatever it is you do, will make or break you. How aware do you think top-level barrel racers are?
80% of the barrel racing industry has little understanding of how massively aware Pro’s actually are. They know so much so well, they can tell what level you’re on by listening to your single sentences, literally.
There’s a misconception that Pro’s are Pro’s because they have the money for high caliber horses. To an extent, yes, this may be true, but how do they know the difference between one?…#psyche
Study the industry. Learn names, now bloodlines, talk less, do more, because awareness is not about what you say or what you know. It’s about what you do and whom you know. If you can’t see (sense/observe) what’s directly in front of you, you lose.
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