Waiting for the light to change at an intersection I was entertained by a murder of crows. One had what I presume to be food and the others were engaged in wanting what it had. At one point the crow dropped the object, and it landed in the middle of the intersection. Opportunity! The only issue was the changing lights and ensuing traffic! They tried to out-maneuver one another and every now and then, one would try to pick up the prize only to be overtaken by a vehicle and have to leave.
This reminded me of business. Opportunity sometimes drops in unexpectedly. In spite of what some say, opportunity is never lost. An individual may miss it, but another will take advantage of it. Like the changing traffic patterns, there will be obstacles that get in the way and others waiting in the wings to pick it up if you don’t hang onto it.
Business, like the crows, can risk too much for the opportunity. The crow can take high risks and get the prize, but might risk its life in the process. But, some risk is required in the game of survival. In business it can be the life of the business that is lost if the risk is too high, or if no risk is taken. If you hesitate too long, competitors may seize the opportunity and your advantage is lost.
Unfortunately, my light changed so I don’t know which crow claimed the prize.
“Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.” William Arthur Ward
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