When Opportunity Knocks, Are You Ready?

Are you ready for your moment to shine?

I was watching the local Rose Festival Parade last night. One of the bands reminded me of the movie, Drumline. I pulled it out and watched this scene. (If you haven’t yet seen this movie, I highly recommend it!)

Amazing, right? It got me thinking about some things…

“One band, one sound.”

The main character in the movie has to learn some lessons any young, talented and smart person has to learn about success. The group is all involved in making one sound: many drums together producing one sound that one snare could never duplicate alone. The conductor in the movie says over and over, “One band, one sound”. It’s the mantra of the movie, and a great life lesson. (He also had a great time management tip: If you’re five minutes early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late.) In order to participate in that sound, the main character and his peers have to be prepared, dressed, rehearsed and ready to go with their instrument. How much could he contribute without drum sticks or his drum?

Many great and significant changes in history have been made by organized efforts. It takes talent, dedication and systems to win a regional band contest, accomplish social change, elect a president or help those affected by a natural disaster. It takes people prepared and ready to go when the time comes.

“Success happens when preparation meets opportunity”

That’s how the saying goes. If you had an incredible opportunity knock on your door, would you be ready to answer? Could you find your best work and bring it to the table? If not, how long would it take you to find it, and would the opportunity still be there when you did?

Are you ready for your perfect opportunity to come knocking?

If not, what can you do about that now so you are ready if and when it comes?

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4 thoughts on “When Opportunity Knocks, Are You Ready?”

  1. Wow!!! That was amazing. Your thoughts were excellent bringing it all together. That gives me food for thought–when the knock comes will I be ready? Thanks for sharing
    I used to play snare drum in school so I was especially fascinated.

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