Create Your Own Opportunities

The difference between success and failure might very well be whether you’re willing to get up and start creating your own opportunities.

Bobbie Brown explains:

I started working as a freelance makeup artist in 1980, and I worried that I didn’t have enough money. My father told me I’d just have to figure out a way to make more money. So I started looking through the Yellow Pages and calling agencies, magazines, photographers – anyone I could offer my services to. I’d work for free until I proved myself.

Soon enough, I was getting regular calls to do their makeup. My father’s advice made me feel that I was in control of my future. I realized that it was my job to find more opportunities.

A pretty common initial response to most things is to avoid taking responsibility, and it’s certainly easy to do that when faced with failure or struggle.  A common refrain is that successful people are “lucky” or “fortunate.”  While that is often true to some extent, the truly successful in this world are that way because they refuse to blame someone else for their lack of success.  They make their own luck, regardless of how hard it is.

Winning isn’t normal.


  • Jason Shen

    December 16, 2010
    at 1:05 pm

    Great point Shane. If you sit around waiting for opportunities to come your way, it’s going to be really tough to get what you want in life. Thanks for the thought and for sharing my post!


  • Shane

    December 16, 2010
    at 1:09 pm

    Thanks for posting it, Jason! I actually had this post written and ready to go when I saw your post yesterday. I was excited to link to it because it was such a great fit!