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Someone once told me: 'Luck is when opportunity meets preparation'. And that's what I really feel with my music. I've worked really, really hard on it. It was like, 'this is really what I want to do.. what do I have to do to make it work?'
Erica Baxter - Luck - Hard Work - Opportunity
- Passion

When you're in a position where you think you've got a lot of ego and you might perceive it as power.. If you're in a position to make things happen.. that allows you tremendous opportunities which other people don't have.
Alan Bond - Power - Opportunity


Keeping taxes low and restraining spending leads to a vibrant economy; it leads to new jobs; it leads to better opportunities; and it leads to a shrinking deficit.
George Bush -
Taxes - Economy - Jobs - Opportunity

When it comes to the common rights and needs of men and women, there is no clash of civilizations. The requirements of freedom apply fully to Africa and Latin America and the entire Islamic world. The peoples of the Islamic nations want and deserve the same freedoms and opportunities as people in every nation. And their governments should listen to their hopes.
George Bush -
America - Politics - Religion - Government - Opportunity - Human Rights - Freedom - Hope

Without the strength to endure the crisis, one will not see the opportunity within. It is within the process of endurance that opportunity reveals itself.
Chin-Ning Chu - Crisis - Strength - Opportunity

Opportunity is a haughty goddess who wastes no time with those who are unprepared.
George Clason - Luck - Opportunity -

There cannot be true democracy unless women's voices are heard. There cannot be true democracy unless women are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own lives.
Hillary Rodham Clinton - Responsibility - Woman - Truth - Opportunity

If you don't act now while it's fresh in your mind, it will probably join the list of things you were always going to do but never quite got around to. Chances are you'll also miss some opportunities.
Paul Clitheroe - Action - Opportunity


The two worst strategic mistakes to make are acting prematurely and letting an opportunity slip; to avoid this, the warrior treats each situation as if it were unique and never resorts to formulae, recipes or other people's opinions..

Paulo Coelho
- Mistakes - Opportunity - Action

I just found it interesting to talk to adults I admired, and to discover that the path they took was never all that clearly defined. It was comforting to me when I figured out that you don't have to know what you want to do with your life; you just have to take a few steps in one direction, and other opportunities will open up.
Anderson Cooper - Opportunity - Life - Instinct

I'd always had a childhood ambition to go into the investment capital business, and spent twenty-odd years in it. But the thought of spending the second half of my career in the same business was boring, so I looked around for other opportunities.
Chris Corrigan - Business - Investing - Ambition
- Opportunity - Job

As long as you enjoy investing, you'll be willing to do the homework and stay in the game. That's why I try to make the show so entertaining, because if you aren't interested, you'll either miss the opportunity to make money in the market or not pay enough attention and end up losing your shirt.
Jim Cramer - Money - Stock Market - Losing - Enjoyment - Investing - Opportunity

Remember, I am neither a bear nor a bull, I am an agnostic opportunist. I want to make money short- and long-term. I want to find good situations and exploit them.
Jim Cramer - Opportunity - Bear Market - Bull Market - Money - Long Term Investing

You've got to seize the opportunity if it is presented to you.
Clive Davis - Opportunity - Action

It's through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we've always mapped our path at Dell. There's always an opportunity to make a difference.

Michael Dell - Change - Success - Opportunity -

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas Edison - Work - Opportunity

Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.

Henry Ford - Failure - Opportunity

A customer is the most important visitor on our premises, he is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so.
Mahatma Gandhi - Customers - Improvement - Business - Work - Opportunities

We started our foundation because we believe we have a real opportunity to help advance equity around the world.. to help make sure that, no matter where a person is born, he or she has the chance to live a healthy, productive life.
Melinda Gates - Help - Opportunity - Belief - Philanthropy - Life

The entrepreneur in us sees opportunities everywhere we look, but many people see only problems everywhere they look. The entrepreneur in us is more concerned with discriminating between opportunities than he or she is with failing to see the opportunities.
Michael Gerber - Opportunity - Entrepreneurs - Problems

The message from Wal-Mart today to the rest of the business community is there need not be any conflict between the environment and the economy. We will find the way not only to reconcile (those), but to find new profits and new opportunities as we do the right thing.
Al Gore - Environmental
- Economy - Business - Profits - Opportunities

We sometimes emphasize the danger in a crisis without focusing on the opportunities that are there. We should feel a great sense of urgency because it is the most dangerous crisis we have ever faced, by far. But it also provides us with opportunities to do a lot of things we ought to be doing for other reasons anyway. And to solve this crisis we can develop a shared sense of moral purpose. (talking about the environamental crisis)
Al Gore - Environmental - Focus - Opportunities - Crisis


I am no longer an advocate of elaborate techniques of security analysis in order to find superior value opportunities.
Benjamin Graham - Investing - Stocks - Opportunity

We must respect each other's right to choose a collective destiny, and the opportunity to develop the legal and political rights for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples so that we may enjoy the right to maintain our culture, our heritage and our land, as a united Australia.
Jackie Huggins -
Compassion - Australia - Respect - Opportunity - Culture - Human Rights - People - Indigenous

I really want people to know that I’ve worked hard, very hard, to get to where I am today.. this didn’t just happen overnight. I started in business over 25 years ago and have found a way to build on what I’ve learned through every partnership and opportunity.
Magic Johnson - Hard Work - Patience - Business - Learning - Partnership - Opportunity - Growth - Encouragement

I was able to see what I wanted to do, I could see the opportunity, even when others could not, and I stay committed to doing it and doing it well, no matter what.
Magic Johnson - Opportunity - Vision - Commitment

I viewed it as a business, but I always viewed it as a game. An opportunity to show my skills, my basketball skills, amongst the best in the world.
Michael Jordan - Business - Opportunity - Skill - Best - Sports

The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis'. One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger-but recognize the opportunity.
John F. Kennedy - Risk
- Crisis - Opportunity

We've got a portfolio of companies that range all the way from hotels to television stations and cable TV companies, oil and gas, consumer products, and industrial products. If there's anything that I want to know more about, I have the opportunity. It's right in our portfolio. I can spend time at the factory or with the manangement and learn as much as I want. You can't get bored doing that.
Henry Kravis -
Companies - Management - Opportunity - Learning - Bored

I always took my role as a leader, and certainly chairman and CEO of a major company very seriously as to our employees and trying to create opportunities for them and create opportunities where they could even, as I said many times, could realize their God-given potential and maybe realize more potential than even they realize they had.
Kenneth Lay - God - Companies
- Employee - Opportunity

A good martial artist does not become tense, but ready. Not thinking, yet not dreaming. Ready for whatever may come. When the opponent expands, I contract; and when he contracts, I expand. And when there is an opportunity, "I" do not hit, "it" hits all by itself.
Bruce Lee - Fighting - Thinking - Relaxed - Opportunity - Competition


You just have to be opportunistic, and try to figure out what creates value.. where the bottom is, what creates incremental value, and in what combinations.
John Malone - Opportunity - Investing


Everybody should have the opportunity to do and be everything they can be.
Dr Phil - Opportunity
- Inspirational

I don't believe you are simply born with the ambition of becoming chancellor. But if you want to make a difference, if you enjoy putting ideas into practice, then the post of chancellor has to be the one presenting the biggest opportunity of all.
Angela Merkel - Change - Politicians - Ambition - Ideas - Enjoyment
- Opportunity

Always think outside the box and embrace opportunities that appear, wherever they might be.
Lakshmi Mittal - Opportunities - Thinking

If you took our top fifteen decisions out, we’d have a pretty average record. It wasn’t hyperactivity, but a hell of a lot of patience. You stuck to your principles and when opportunities came along, you pounced on them with vigor
Charlie Munger - Investing - Best
- Decisions - Opportunity

Size and synergies between the different segments of the company matter. As far as we are concerned, the Internet is broadening our opportunity, as well as for other big media companies with huge resources in sports, entertainment and news. There's just more opportunity.
Rupert Murdoch - Media - Internet - Company - Opportunity

People don't expect government to solve all their problems. But they sense, deep in their bones, that with just a slight change in priorities, we can make sure that every child in America has a decent shot at life, and that the doors of opportunity remain open to all. They know we can do better.
Barack Obama - America - Government - Solutions - Problems - Priorities - Change - Life - Opportunity

The truth is women in the workplace don’t have to fight nearly as hard for opportunities, or to dispel stereotypes, as they did before.
Suze Orman - Woman - Opportunity - Jobs


There is no discussion inside this boardroom to say we've got to get into this or that. We look at every growth opportunity on its merits.
James Packer - Growth - Decisions - Opportunity


I don't want to be left behind. In fact, I want to be here before the action starts.

Kerry Packer - Action - Opportunity - Technology

As we transition from one screen to multiscreens, Google has enormous opportunities to innovate and drive ever higher monetization. Just like Search in 2000.
Larry Page - Technology - Internet - Google - Opportunity - Search - Innovation - Gadgets

What we need to do is not only live within our means, but start paying down the deficit, and offer an opportunity at least for the next generation to get out.
Ron Paul - Debt - Finance - Opportunity

The investment in our mining industry has been very positive for Australia but we need to be doing more if we want, as I do, more revenue for our defence.. which I think is under-resourced.. our police, our elderly, our hospitals, roads, infrastructure and communication, to be able to repay our debts and enable sustainable job opportunities for existing and future generations.
Gina Rinehart - Mining - Australia - Mineral Resources - Opportunity


Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.
Anthony Robbins - Life - Gift - Responsibility - Opportunity

An enterprising person is one who comes across a pile of scrap metal and sees the making of a wonderful sculpture. An enterprising person is one who drives through an old decrepit part of town and sees a new housing development. An enterprising person is one who sees opportunity in all areas of life.
Jim Rohn - Optimistic - Innovation - Business Opportunity - Life

I want to fight poverty and ignorance and give opportunity to those people who are locked out.
Russell Simmons - Change
- Help - Poverty - Opportunity

America, you know, they always separate people because of race. They've been able to convince, 'The niggers are coming.' You know, the diversity that America has is so special. It's starting to really become a cool thing for young people. Not only because there are more mixes of people, but because people are more open-minded about each other. So I think in the future, America has a great, great opportunity, and mostly because of hip-hop.
Russell Simmons - Change - Opportunity - America


I believe in giving everything my best shot. I do not believe in holding back. I am very driven by the fact that we are destined with these opportunities.
Shailendra Singh - Belief - Best - Opportunity - Inspirational

I enjoy every opportunity and live every moment. And that is why I have no regrets. It’s when you are not scared of losing that you win everything. Very often I take cabs to travel during the course of the day because I enjoy talking to cabbies from different parts of India.
Shailendra Singh - Opportunity - Gratitude - Enjoyment - Losing - Winning

I believe that Silicon Valley is truly a place of excellence and the impact of this tiny community on the world is completely disproportionate to its size. We are the undisputed leaders of technological change. But with our abundance of talent and resources, we also have the opportunity to be the pioneers of social change and, ultimately, this may be our greatest contribution.
Jeff Skoll - Business Ethics - Social - Belief - Change - Silicon Valley - World - Technology - Talent - Opportunity

I'm not a sponge exactly, but I find that something I look at is a great opportunity for ideas.
Martha Stewart - Business Ideas - Opportunity

I am proud of my country. But we need to unite to make a unified India, free of communalism and casteism. We need to build India into a land of equal opportunity for all. We can be a truly great nation if we set our sights high and deliver to the people the fruits of continued growth, prosperity and equal opportunity.
Ratan Tata - India - Growth - Proud - Opportunity - Great - Wealth

The more you seek security, the less of it you have. But the more you seek opportunity, the more likely it is that you will achieve the security that you desire.
Brian Tracy - Security - Desire - Achievement - Opportunity

Every day, you'll have opportunities to take chances and to work outside your safety net. Sure, it's a lot easier to stay in your comfort zone.. in my case, business suits and real estate.. but sometimes you have to take risks. When the risks pay off, that's when you reap the biggest rewards.
Donald Trump - Business - Real Estate - Opportunity - Risk

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
Sun Tzu - Opportunity - Action


Speed is the essence of war. Take advantage of the enemy's unpreparedness; travel by unexpected routes and strike him where he has taken no precautions.
Sun Tzu - Speed - War
- Enemy - Prepared - Opportunity - Attack

Most everything I’ve done I’ve copied from somebody else.
Sam Walton - Opportunity - Ideas

I’d still say that visiting the stores and listening to our folks was one of the most valuable uses of my time as an executive. But really, our best ideas usually do come from the folks in the stores. Period.
Sam Walton - Ideas - Listening - Retail - Opportunities

We can’t impede progress in the name of environmental action that yields little for the environment and even less for our people.. and we should look at the environment as an economic opportunity.
Meg Whitman - Economy -
Growth - Environmental - Greed - Opportunity

I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.

Oprah Winfrey - Opportunity - Luck


Princeton has made an enormous difference in my life, and I am delighted to be able to express my gratitude in such a tangible way. The generosity of earlier generations of donors made it possible for me to attend Princeton as a young student from Hong Kong, and I have always wanted to do all I could to assure that students in the future.. from the United States and around the world.. will have the same kinds of opportunities I had to learn from faculty members who are leaders in their fields at a university that remains second to none in its commitment to teaching. (talking about his $100 million donation to Princeton University)
Gordon Wu - Philanthropy - Education - Help - America - Opportunities

I did something that challenged the banking world. Conventional banks look for the rich; we look for the absolutely poor. All people are entrepreneurs, but many don't have the opportunity to find that out.
Muhammad Yunus - Banks - Change - Poverty - Challenges - Rich
- Entrepreneurs - Opportunity

The poor themselves can create a poverty-free world.. all we have to do is to free them from the chains that we have put around them.
Muhammad Yunus - Poverty - Encouragement - Motivational - Opportunity - Potential


I've always been called a professional opportunist, and in the future I'm open to anything. We've spent a lot of time offshore, looking at opportunities in real estate outside the United States.
Sam Zell - Opportunity - Real Estate
- America

In my case, if one out of five opportunities is interesting enough to work on, maybe one in five of those ends up being worth doing. That might be a function of risk. That might be a function of price. There are all the variables. But you have to be constantly sorting and choosing and prioritizing.
Sam Zell - Decisions - Opportunity - Interested - Risk - Buying


Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business.
Zig Ziglar - Business - Customers - Management - Opportunity


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