Create Opportunities for Yourself
22nd October 2017
Twitter co-founder on entrepreneurship and success.
“Opportunity is manufactured. My dictionary defines opportunity as a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something. The world has conditioned us to wait for the opportunity, have the good sense to spot it, and hope to strike at the appropriate time.
But if opportunity is just a set of circumstances, why are we waiting around for the stars to align? Rather than waiting and pouncing with a high degree of failure, you might as well go ahead and create the set of circumstances on your own. If you make the opportunity, you’ll be in first position to take advantage of it.
It wasn’t until later that I realised that this is the core of entrepreneurship – being the person who makes something happen for yourself. But it’s also true for all forms of success, in all parts of life. People say success is a combination of work and luck, and in that equation, luck is the piece that is out of your hands. But as you create opportunities for yourself, your odds at the lottery go way up.”
– Biz Stone, Things a Little Bird Told Me