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When Opportunity Knocks, 8 Surefire Ways to Take Advantage! von Birden, J. J. (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 20.07.2015
  • Verlag: BookBaby
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When Opportunity Knocks, 8 Surefire Ways to Take Advantage!

The author JJ Birden, who once caught touchdown passes from Joe Montana, was one of the smallest players in the NFL at 5'10 157 pounds. Despite his stature, he lasted nine years in the NFL. He reminds us that we all have opportunities in life. 'It doesn't matter who we are, what our background is or our personal circumstances. The eight principles I share in this book, I have used throughout my life, and they have helped me find a degree of success in multiple areas. If you follow these principles, nothing will stop you from aiming high and hitting the bull's-eye!'


    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Seitenzahl: 117
    Erscheinungsdatum: 20.07.2015
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781483556949
    Verlag: BookBaby
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When Opportunity Knocks, 8 Surefire Ways to Take Advantage!

Do Whatever It Takes!!! "Discipline, the ability to do, what you need to do, when you need to do it, while no one is watching" I believe the title of this chapter is quite clear and it hits down at the core, "You Got To Want It and You've Got To Want It Badly". This is my second key to seizing your opportunities , "DO WHATEVER IT TAKES." A logical thinker knows that if you want something bad enough, you will do whatever it takes to get it. My former Kansas City Chiefs Coach Marty Schottenheimer used to utter over and over again, "Men, if it's important to you, you'll find a way to get it done." Before Coach Marty taught me this, I saw this trait in my mother. Earlier I told you I was raised in the inner city, combine all the challenges that presented and then add that my mom raised us as a single parent. My mom had a " Whatever It Takes " attitude when it came to providing for my siblings and me. I watched how hard she worked and how hard she struggled at times to make ends meet. Although she dropped out of high school her junior year, she never used that as an excuse. She set a good example for us and was not afraid of doing what it took to make sure we had what we needed. While growing up, she held various odd jobs. But the one I remember the most was when she became a welder. You see opportunities can come disguised in different ways. Sometimes people can view them as an opportunity while others might see them as an obstacle. Through a contact from a friend she was invited to join an apprenticeship program to become a welder for a large company in Portland called FMC. The company was looking for more welders but I don't think they were looking for women. It was not typical at the time for women to become welders for large companies operating on large machinery. Everyone in the family thought my Mom was nuts! I can remember some saying, "Women don't become welders" or "You are going to get all dirty and how are you going to carry all that equipment?" "That job is for men!" Needless to say, my mom did not allow the naysayers to change her mindset. Mom also had key number one, she had a " PASSION " for taking care of our family. She saw this as an opportunity to take care of her family. She quickly passed the apprenticeship program and was hired to become a welder at the company. Even after she got the job and worked there for some time, she still had to deal with being questioned whether or not a woman belonged there. It was no easy job. The best opportunities are usually wrapped in difficulty. The after affects were evident when she returned home. She was worn out! She'd arrive home in full welding attire, wearing big heavy boots. Soon as she arrived, she'd sit down and we would start yanking off those big boots. I can remember my big brother Tony on the right side pulling on one boot, while I was pulling on the other boot. Those boots were so hard to get off. I always thought how difficult it had to be for my mom to walk in them all day long. While we were doing this, my sister TanJa was running her bath water. She was usually sore and very tired so she deserved the relaxation. Mom set a solid example for me in being a hard worker and realizing sometimes the circumstances aren't always perfect. So you make the most of the opportunity set before you no matter what. My mom saw the welding job as an opportunity to provide and that's what she did. We always had the basic necessities for life. She was the first person to teach me to " Seize Your Opportunity ." My mom set the standard. With her example, she established a gauge for me to aim for something higher and she better prepared me to handle the unpredictable. Later in life, I was

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