Opportunities of a Lifetime

19 Jun

All of us have heard about the “deal of the century” or the “opportunity of a lifetime.”  From local retail shops to the hot-tip on the latest stock, all of us have experienced this sales pitch at one time or another.  Real-estate investor, Dr. Dolf de Roos, said on one occasion, “The deal of the decade comes around at least once a week.”  Having invested in several “deals-of-the-decade”, I had trouble fitting this statement into my reality.  But after hearing Dolf’s statement, I began to wonder how the deal of the decade could come around more than once every 10 years.  Then it hit me – opportunities are internal, not external.


Leonard Ravenhill said it best – “the opportunity of a lifetime must be seized within the lifetime of the opportunity.”  On the surface, this statement appears to reference one-time deals that have an expiration date.  But let’s take a look at the larger concept.  Webster defines an ‘entrepreneur’ as “one who organizes, manages and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise.”  Organize, manage, assume.  These are all things that you do.  But by taking the focus off of what you do and first placing it on who you are, you can begin to see a lot more opportunities. 

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6 Responses to “Opportunities of a Lifetime”

  1. SuperCoach Tuesday, 27 January 2009 at 9:49 PM #

    Glad to see that I inspired your thought process even further. So, for some peace of mind and hopefully to help you make that final decision, I too sat where you sat and heard what you heard and all I can say is that I was impressed from the moment I entered the doors and was greeted by two smiling people. I listened, digested and prayed and all I could come up with was a resounding yes, this is a great way to expand my practice so that I can offer more to my clients.
    Like you, in this economy, I am trying to make the right decision on which route to take.
    I am not only a Life and Business Coach, that includes Leadership and Team Building, but I am also a National quoted Expert for TheStreet.com and an award wining author of The Last Box, A Women’s Guide to Surviving Corporate America.
    I also have a passion for helping others find their true career path. Check it all out on http://www.future-endeavors.net.

    Your SuperCoach


  2. Thomas E. Anderson II Tuesday, 27 January 2009 at 10:15 AM #

    I want to respond to a great comment posted by “yoursupercoach”:

    “So what was the bottom line thought about RAC, did you see any value in climbing on board one way or another, invest or work under someone else. I am eager to learn the outcome of your visit.”

    Resource Associates Corporation (RAC) is definitely a company that I’d like to become affiliated with. Attending their mutual evaluation alone was worth the time and effort – I learned so much in 2 days. The challenge comes in figuring out exactly how I’d like to become affiliated with them.

    They give prospective affiliates three options that range from $0 investment to around $25,000. In this type of economy, the $0 investment looks best for me. I would work with an experienced consultant who is affiliated with RAC. The problem is – most consultants who offer the $0 investment prefer that their partners establish a long-term committment to them. So, at the negotiation stage, I’d propose that I would work for them for 2-3 years. Then, when I’m ready to branch out on my own, we can become strategic partners.

    Well, “yoursupercoach” – not only has your comment allowed me to think through this plan but it has inspired me to contact RAC with it (they request that you come up with a short business plan before getting started.) You’ve truly lived up to your name 🙂

    I will post about my progress in the future.


    • S.Lee Thursday, 26 February 2009 at 6:33 PM #

      Is RAC a good organization to join?


      • Thomas E. Anderson II Saturday, 28 February 2009 at 9:13 PM #

        RAC is a great organization that helps consultants to expand their businesses. To figure out whether its a good organization for you to join, you should consider attending their Mutual Evaluation. At the Mutual Eval, I learned so much about the consulting business and so much information that I was able to apply to my existing business.

        Before visiting RAC, I had ideas, bits and pieces of how I wanted to build my consulting business. After my visit to RAC, I was able to put those pieces together.

        So, I suggest attending the Mutual Eval to decide whether:
        1. Your business aligns with RAC
        2. You have the cash reserves to purchase their consulting tools
        3. You’re at the point that you need their tools to expand your business

        If you would like to discuss further, feel free to shoot me an email (myfutureinfocus@aol.com).

        Best wishes,


  3. yoursupercoach Sunday, 25 January 2009 at 2:55 PM #

    So what was the bottom line thought about RAC, did you see any value in climbing on board one way or another, invest or work under someone else. I am eager to learn the outcome of your visit.


  4. anointedvessel Tuesday, 24 June 2008 at 7:59 PM #

    Congratulations little bro. Your the featured blog in blogs about “collecting dust” hahahaha just messing with yah!!! Keep up the good work. I love what you have to say here!!! Wise words!!!


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