I was going to be more upbeat today, but I got a thought stuck in my head. I couldn’t shake it loose. You ever have an opportunity that passed you by? We all do. Maybe we missed it because we weren’t paying attention. It might not have looked like one when we first saw it. This might turn more into a ‘tell your story’ thing. Why?
One type of loss of opportunity came to mind. It’s when one is stolen from you. Maybe not you, but someone you care about. I was thinking about someone in my life and the opportunities that they have had over the years. Then, I realized that several of them were missed because of a third party. That has to be the most agonizing one and had me spinning my wheels. Even noticed times in my past where I was undone from smart moves due to other people. I realized that this happened in two general camps:
- The other party simply forgot to relay some information that could have help. You either find out after the fact. This is an honest mistake even though it can cause anger and frustration.
- The more malicious one is when a person withholds information or makes a move that actively removes your opportunity. This one hurts. It could be done because they see it is a mistake, but there are times when they purposely want to get in the way. Could be someone that wants the opportunity for themselves or wishes to urge you onto a different path instead of the one that is about to succeed. I’ve been the victim of this one once or twice in some arenas.
Now, I’m not sure where else to go with this idea. I realize that I’ve stated my point and that’s really all I had. No idea how to identify this or what to do about it. Maybe I’m just trying to toss this into the open. Anybody else have something to add? Personal story or advice? Let’s converse and see if I’m just being silly.