Will Rogers’ Secret of Seizing Opportunities

“It was not so much that Will sought the new opening as that he never failed to seize it when it came his way.” — Betty Rogers 

It’s nice to think that we are captain’s of our own ship and masters of our own destiny. Who doesn’t want to like Captain James T. Kirk or Bill Gates?

In my own case, I know that the reason I became the person I am today is by, not so much bending life to my will, but more by taking what life handed me, and by being keenly alert when a new opportunity presented itself.

That’s the way Will Rogers found success.

As his wife Betty said in her biography of Will:

His whole career was the development and unfolding of a personality through the various vehicles that seemed to be constantly and almost miraculously presenting themselves. His comment on stage on the stage during his roping act was incidental at first, if not accidental. (Will never spoke during his Vaudeville rope trip act, except when he once made a mistake and the audience laughed at his funny excuse. From then on, he incorporated that comment, and gradually others, into his act.)

His writing came the same way. (Will wrote a regular Sunday feature for the New York Times that was syndicated throughout the U.S.) His entrance into the movies, too, was not of his own seeking  (he starred in 69 movies). But once started in these new fields, he made the most of each, giving to them the same enthusiasm and energy he had given to the rope (tricks) in the early days.

I added the comments in parentheses to the text.

Meander in the Direction that You Want to Go

I know I’ve probably said this before, at least in Fix em Up Rent em Out, but a good way to get started in real estate, particularly if your circumstances are such that it is impossible for you to start investing in real estate right away, is to just start by meandering in that direction, like a slow, gurgling stream.

You can program your mind to pay attention to anything related to real estate. Cut articles out of the newspaper, buy books at book sales, tale to friends and co-workers about it, watch for seminars and classes about real estate investing. Sometimes desire and knowledge can be acquired simply by observing someone else operating a successful business.

And, when the opportunity does present itself to get started, like Will Rogers, seize it!

 

Upcoming “Turn Your Home Into a Rental House ” Radio Interviews (most shows can be heard  on the internet)

Friday, July 19th, at 7:45 am (eastern time), I will be interviewed by Gary Sutton and Chris Tyler, at WSBA 910 AM  in York, PA.

Friday, July 19th, at 8:10 am, I’ll be on Dan Ramey’s show on WBEX 1490 AM, in Chillicothe, Ohio.

On Thursday, July 25th, at 7:10 a.m. (central time) I’ll be on Jeff Anderson’s show, KSDR 1480 AM, Watertown, South Dakota.

On Friday, July 26th, at 7:30 am (mountain time) I have an interview with David Gillian, KRSN 1490 AM, Los Alamos, NM.

Tuesday, August 6th, at 8:10 am (central time), I’ll be on Bob Schmidt’s show, WLFN 1490 AM, Onalaska, WI.

Watch this space for information on additional interviews.

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9 Responses to “Will Rogers’ Secret of Seizing Opportunities”

  1. Untemplater says:

    The longer we wait to do something, the less likely we are to ever do it. Seizing the moment and the opportunities that present themselves is worth it!
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  2. Very informative article Terry, and a great reminder to everyone.

    Sometimes we don’t see the opportunity standing right in front of use, because we are too busy looking for the one we think should be there.

    Sharon
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  3. Very good article Terry. When opportunity knocks we have to open the door or there is someone else to open. Up to us to grab every opportunity or identify the one
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    • Terry says:

      Sam,

      I agree with you, although in my case, sometimes opportunity keeps knocking until I finally open the door 10 years after it first started knocking.

  4. Thanks for this post Terry! I have had this in my life for awhile now and I know that is not that I make things happen its just I take advantage of those that come up. It also works in reverse as a lot of people think nothing good can happen so they always pass up on potentially good opportunities. I am doing this with real estate investing. Everywhere I go I talk about or mention it and I know one day the right deal will come along and I will be ready.
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    • Terry says:

      Thomas,

      That’s a great perspective.

      I like the way you are spreading the word as you talk with new people. Pretty soon the number of contacts will reach “critical mass” and that property is bound to appear.

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