Opportunities in Life | Why You Might be Missing Out!

by Jayne Kopp on April 9, 2011

opportunities in life

Say "Yes"

There are countless opportunities in life, but often, they go either unnoticed or unappreciated.

There are a couple of reasons for this: sometimes its because we are not open minded enough to clue into the fact they’re staring us in the face, other times we’re just too laid back and unadventurous and then of course sometimes we’re just plain lazy and can’t be bothered!.

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you may have noticed I am a huge proponent of living in the moment.

There are many reasons for this too. Part of it might be because I’ve matured a bit and now realize that my mother was right… ;-) I can actually see life moving at the speed of sound, but also because I have lost a great number of friends well before their time and appreciate how short life is.

Some of my late friends had dreams but never ‘went for it’ and missed what might have been their opportunity of a lifetime. In fact out of at least a half dozen friends that have gone before us, there was only one of them “Dan the Man”, who I told you about in January after we lost him that truly DID know how to live life to it’s fullest. I can also assure you that missed opportunities were not part of his make-up!

Nine times out of ten however, many of us do miss out in life because we have an issue when it comes to saying one tiny word:


Yip! That’s right… just a short little word can make all the difference to our life experiences.

Saying “yes’ to one thing can create countless possibilities and so many opportunities in life.

Let me share a couple of examples:

When I first sold my business and became a stay at home mom, I knew that eventually I would have consider a new career.

I didn’t really have any desire to start another brick and mortar business, but I was curious about marketing online.

Initially I thought ‘no’ due to my lack of knowledge and skill (internet wise).

I then rethought the possibilities and recognized that we all have the same set of chances to achieve success in anything we do. We all must start learning the ropes for ANYTHING new we do. I then (thankfully) said ‘yes’ to my inkling!

Once I had made that decision I began marketing a different opportunity than the one I am now involved in.

When I initially discovered my current business, it was so different to the one I was currently marketing that I just wasn’t sure if it was the right move; also it really did just ‘appear out of nowhere” and I needed time to wrap my head around it.

After giving it a little thought I just knew it might be the opportunity of a lifetime that it would be a shame to pass it up, so once again I said ‘yes!’

Now that’s not the end of it; since starting my business I have been asked to participate in many unforeseen activities and events and have subsequently experienced many different things that I may not have otherwise.

I started receiving the odd call and emails from people asking for help. These were not all calls specifically to join my business opportunity, some were just people who needed direction and had run across me the web.

At first I thought… “yikes – do I know enough?” … and then I thought “yes’ of course I do, and if I don’t, I’ll find out” This prompted me to build a mini training site to help people get a start and also have something in place for my partners.

A few months later, right out of nowhere, I was approached by a lady asking me if I would ‘coach’ her. Initially I thought ‘no’… not because I didn’t want to help, I just wasn’t sure how I’d do. I knew if I didn’t just ‘got for it’ and give it my all, I’d never know (one way or the other)… so I said “yes!”

As it turns out being a coach and acting as an accountability partner gave her the push she needed to reach her goals. I also learned a lot.

I started to accumulate a couple of clients and realized just how fulfilling it is. Since then I have began working towards a certification.

My point is, there have been at least four or five different unexpected opportunities come out of simply saying ‘yes’ … that I now find myself with multiple streams of income and working from home very nicely

With the above being said, saying ‘yes’ brings an abundance of opportunities in life, often unexpectedly.

Saying yes is good for your social life too.

Simply accepting an invitation out with friends last week, (I don’t get out much) caused me to run into a long time friend from years ago. Not only that I tried a restaurant I had never been to before (It was awesome). :-)

The purpose of this post is to encourage you to say yes more often in order to prevent missed opportunities.

Remember that success is about making choices. If you make none…you’ll get nothing!

Think about it, what’s the worst that could happen?

You stand to have a lot of fun for one, not to mention all you will learn and experience, but it you choose to turn things down, there’s a huge probability you’ll look back and wish you would have said yes!

Being open minded and living in the moment is not only fulfilling, exciting and fun, but just might prevent you from missing opportunities of a lifetime that you’ve been waiting for!

If you need help saying “yes” and you’re looking to make some changes, contact me, who knows… it just might be the opportunity of a lifetime! ;-)

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Usman@FirstHosting April 18, 2011 at 2:31 am

Hi, Jayne!

If its your mom advice to live the current, then I appreciate it because I’ve same thought, because current is what we’ve in hands, we don’t have past nor even future so why to worry about them?

and btw nice post.


Jayne Kopp April 27, 2011 at 11:28 am

Hi Usman, I agree that for sure we need to take hold of the present. They say that life now is a ‘gift’ and that is why we call it the ‘present’… I think we can both agree on that!

thanks for stopping by!


Steve Nicholas April 9, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Great post, Jayne! Have you ever seen the movie “Yes Man” with Jim Carrey? (I’m reminded of it when you tell your story.) It’s about someone who decides to say yes to everything anyone asks him and the changes it makes in his life. It’s a pretty good movie with a great personal development lesson, which is especially interesting considering the way that some of the movie serves as a parody of the personal development genre.


Jayne Kopp April 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Hi Steve, thanks for the excellent suggestion as I have not seen it. I love movies like that. I also appreciate your suggestions for books, etc. After the Prove It Challenge I am hoping that since I will likely cut back to 3 – 4 posting days (for a while anyway) I might have more time to read a few!! I’m really looking forward to reading the one “Happy For No Reason” that you suggested a while back.

Thanks as always for stopping by Steve. I’ll be round “at your place” tonight… Cant wait to catch up on the details of your training, etc.



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