Life is About Moments of Opportunity

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moment of opportunityCesare Pavese said…”We do not remember days, we remember moments. The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.”

Life is all about moments. Moments we choose and those moments that seemingly choose us.

Whether it’s a first kiss, first car, first day in college or a moment that takes our breath away – life is all about surprise and wonder. It’s the sensation of the moment that leaves us with memories we won’t soon forget and will always remember.

Now is one of those moments in our industry. It’s a time of scarcity, instability and fear. It’s also a magical time of opportunity that will leave those of us with the ability to grab on to that moment feeling grateful for the abundance that we see on the other side.

It’s this moment that we must seize and make the most of. It’s not a time to hide our heads in the sand or a time of fearful decision-making. Leaders are born out of difficult times and from adversity will rise to levels never seen in their business before.

When the dust settles on the Real Estate Industry, how will you say you chose to live in this moment? Did you grab on to the opportunity swirling around you and forever change the trajectory of your business or will you look back longingly on moments gone by and memories of an ill-fated profession?

Steps to Seizing Your Moment of Opportunity

Sometimes One Door Leads to Another

Just because it doesn’t feel like the right opportunity, doesn’t make it a wrong decision right now. Every door that opens is a possibility towards your end goal. The question to ask is whether this door will bring you one step closer to your desires. Let me give you a real life example of what one door of opportunity brought to me.

In 1996 I was working as co-host on the top rated morning show in my city. Sounds glamorous right? Wrong. I was up at 4am, off work at 1pm and working many evenings in a local nightclub or bar doing what are known as“live remotes.” I was a single mom barely making ends meet and exhausted 99% of my life.

One day on a whim my boyfriend and I decided to try out a new local restaurant. The food was fantastic and I raved about it on the air the next day. The owner was told by an employee about my testimonial and called the station later that day to invite us back in. We once again visited the restaurant and quickly became friends with this gentleman.

When my boyfriend and I decided to get married and buy our first home together, the restaurant owner referred us to a local lender who frequented his restaurant as well. These two ladies were phenomenal in assisting us and by closing I was asking what it would take to enter the world of mortgage lending. I spent the next 6 months doing everything from processing assistant to marketing and was now ready to quit my day job and call it a full-time profession.

After 1 year in the business, the two owners decided to retire and asked if my now husband and I would like to buy the business. We bought it and flourished as a local mortgage broker for 10 years until we decided to move out of the broker business and into a mortgage banker role.

Every one of these people has become a lifelong friend and mentor. My point is this:

Two of the biggest changes in my life up until that point – a new career and the chance to become a small business owner - would never have come about if I hadn’t seized an opportunity that came through a simple phone call.

Be prepared

Be ready, willing and able to seize an opportunity the moment it comes along. Being prepared allows you to make a timely decision. Having the ability and clarity in purpose to make that decision divides the winners from the losers. Choose your door, walk through it and resolve to make the most of it.

Have the courage to make a change

Just because you walked through one door of opportunity doesn’t mean you can’t walk through another and another and another. Have the courage to change course if where you are in your life is not where you want to be.

You hold the keys (yes pun intended) to your destiny. It’s often those moments when we step outside of our comfort zone that lead us to our greatest achievements. Those moments of greatness just might let you to make a change that leaps you over and through the realm of possibility.

Don’t be afraid to shut a door

Not every door that opens is the right one. I have an internal guidance system called my gut that I trust over just about anything else. If it doesn’t feel right and you have discussed the pros and cons with mentors and all signs point to “no” – then go with your gut and shut that door.

Sometimes the Right Door Needs a Good Kick

Every once in a while you will come upon a door that just won’t budge. People that succeed will not just walk through an open door, but will break down barriers that stand in their way of opportunity. Never fear a stubborn door, kicking it in might be the extra oomph you need to make a change.

The world is full of people desperate to make a change, but so few do. Break out of the woulda, coulda, shoulda’s and the crippling effects of moments lost.

Seize your moment of opportunity by committing to making the most of each and every one that life has to offer you.

 

Life is About Moments of Opportunity was written by Rebekah Radice.

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Rainmaker
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Andrew Mooers
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I think life is about relationships. Sharing those moments. Love, dreams, the only two real things in life.

Sep 01, 2011 10:15 AM #1
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Mike Yeo
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Wow! Great testimonials. I agree life is a moment. The moment when you make the decision will impact what is going to happen. Every step of the day today will determine what comes out tomorrow.

Sep 01, 2011 10:19 AM #2
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Mimi Foster
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Excellent post, Rebekah.  There are so many crossroads right now for all of us, and this is a wonderful impetus in recognizing that there are doors in front of us that we can open.

Sep 01, 2011 10:21 AM #3
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Rebekah

Yes at difficult times it is especially important to be flexiable. 

Sep 01, 2011 10:32 AM #4
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Margaret Goss
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Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Coulda Woulda Shoulda - something that we look back on and wonder if we had only done things differently or better.  Best not to let that happen in the first place, right?

Sep 01, 2011 10:49 AM #5
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Kim McMahon
Executive Realty Group - Skokie, IL

Rebekah ~ Great article!  I believe you are so right. If you look at what is going on in the industry as opportunities and not challenges you can open your mind to find those 'doors'.  Now if I only follow your advice I won't find myself in the coulda, woulda state..... that's always the trick :)

Sep 01, 2011 10:57 AM #6
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Than Maynard
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Always be prepared. Easier said than done and I speak from experience. Remember the "Coulda Shoulda Woulda" that Margaret mentioned.

Sep 01, 2011 11:31 AM #7
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Kathy Streib
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Rebekah- another excellent post.  There are and will be opportunities out there if we keep our eyes open and are ready to take advantage of them.  It's better to take your chances going forward than live with regrets. 

Sep 01, 2011 12:46 PM #8
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Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

Rebekah,

A really good post and reminder regarding the open doors that sometimes we close without realizing it.  There are so many opportunities all around us if we just look but sometimes it is difficult to know how to seize them and we dismiss what could have been something great.  This world is so fast anymore that I think lots of times we don't slow down enough to take a look at the scenery.  Thanks again.

Sep 01, 2011 04:31 PM #9
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
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It does take plenty of courage to make changes....one of the biggest obstacles for trying new things is feeling comfortable in the same old same old.  Great motivational post!

Sep 01, 2011 05:02 PM #10
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Kevin Betts
ReMax Advantage - Colorado Springs, CO
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What a GREAT story!  and post!  

Sep 02, 2011 01:15 AM #11
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Kathleen Vetrano
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Prince William, VA
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Rebekah,  You wrote a wonderful piece here.  So much wisdom with wise lessons and direction.  Our instincts usually will guide us the right way if we listen, have the courage to say yes, and the courage to change our minds or say no.  Thank you for sharing this!

Sep 02, 2011 01:24 AM #12
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Joan Cox
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Rebekah, great post AGAIN, and we do need to seize the opportunities each time our phone rings!   Have a great Holiday weekend!

Sep 02, 2011 08:48 AM #13
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Pam Hills
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Wow!!  Again!!  :))  I did hit the *suggest button :) & in your honor I would like to re-blog!!  Thank you, so true & I have changed streams at some very monumental times in life.  One time the phone rang 1000 miles away & I was on a plane the very next day.  Twenty years later is part of my history.  Many, many times worked two jobs raising my daughter, helping my husband run our business & get it off the ground, & then again.  Doors will open in life ~ we just have to be ready & "aware" when they do?  Thanks again Rebekah!

Sep 02, 2011 05:06 PM #14
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Rebekah Radice
Imagine WOW! Digital Marketing Agency - Burbank, CA
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Kim - It can be difficult to see some of those challenges as opportunities but being able to turn a challenge into a success story is an amazing feeling!

Kathy - I would much rather fail and know I tried than regret and wonder what could have been.  I figure I'm not getting any younger so I better get on with life! ;)

Mary - I love your last line about taking a look at the scenery.  We all get caught up in the "doing" of life and forget about the actual living.  Lots to think about in that one sentence so thank you!

Thank you Kathleen!  Having the courage to make  change is often the one thing that prevents us from making a much needed change within our lives.

Sep 02, 2011 05:24 PM #15
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Melinda (Mel) Peterson
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Ahhh... seizing the moment... I love it!  I had a wonderful opportunity to do just that this past weekend... and something lovely and beautiful happened ;)  I don't live by woulda, coulda or shoulda... my world is ruled by love, passion and gut instinct.  It's such a prettier place to dwell when those three things are present in the room.  Great post Rebekah!

Sep 02, 2011 09:46 PM #16
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Barbara Martino-Sliva
Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc. - Vero Beach, FL
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Another fabulous post Rebekah....opportunities are all around us....

Sep 03, 2011 07:25 AM #17
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John Hrisco & Associates
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Hi Rebekah, that is an excellent post and so timely too....I have bookmarked and shared, tweeted, etc...that is exactly what my goal is this year remaining, seizing the moment going forward....now that the whole broker process is over with...it's all about implementation.  

thank you for your kind comments on my cat post....not sure if you commented before I had pictures on there, so they are there now, need name suggestions...

Sep 03, 2011 01:47 PM #18
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Rebekah Radice
Imagine WOW! Digital Marketing Agency - Burbank, CA
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That's wonderful Mel and congrats on whatever it was that made your weekend so special.  It's all about taking the time to enjoy those moments that are so much more important than anything else we might have on our agenda.

Yes indeed Barbara and thank you!!

It seems to me John that you've done an excellent job seizing your opportunties so far this year.  It's exciting to know there's still several months left for us to grab a little more piece of happiness!  I'll think on the names and see what I can come up with.  You can't have a cat without a name! ;)

Sep 03, 2011 02:11 PM #19
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