Thursday, December 20, 2007

Can You Imagine Only One Chance In Life?



Two weeks ago, I was in Sydney, Australia to speak at a marketing seminar. While I was there for 7 days, I took the advantage of doing some minor sightseeing for fun.

One of them was climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I was not the only guy who's fascinated with this– other celebrities who climbed included Matt Damon, Robert DeNiro, Sir Richard Branson and a few others I can't recalled.

It was a clear sunshine day with blue skies and the fluffiest white clouds. We were very enthusiastic to 'climb' to the top of the bridge in the late evening.

There's a guide who briefed us on the use of the safety equipment and details of the climb and we were off. The climb to the top of the bridge didn't take long, although it probably felt like an eternity while we were at it. At first, it was kind of scary because I have minor height phobia.

During the climb, our guide told an interesting story and it struck me.

He told us of an eagle that made its nest at the top of the bridge. The bird laid 3 eggs that all hatched to healthy chirping baby birds. As time went by, one of the hatchlings was ready to make its first flight.

It stood out at the edge of its nest, flapped its wings and took a leap of faith... to learn how to fly.

Unfortunately for that poor hatchling, it never had its glorious flight into the sunset. Maybe the wind was too strong on that day. Who knew the reason why it did not fly successfully. It couldn’t stop itself from spiraling downwards towards
the fast approaching concrete road far below its nest. The little bird fell to the ground and was run over by a car.

Thus, ends a life so full of promise...

I couldn't help but see how closely the story of the little bird resembles real life.

That little bird had only ONE chance to learn how to fly. Make or break, do or die. Can you imagine if you were given only one chance in life? That would be scary.

On the other hand, we are luckier as life always throws many opportunities our way. Although we failed, in general, our consequence is not death or anything as critical as that. At the same time, it always amazes me how many people take those opportunities for granted thinking that there will always be a next time.

Well, what if there is no next time?

What if this chance, here, right now is all you've got?

Maybe its time we start to look at life through the eyes of that little bird and seize each opportunity that comes our way like it was our last one. It could be a business opportunity, the dream job of a lifetime, or just simply to make a difference to somebody else's day.

Imagine how much of our infinite potential we can develop if we give our all to do the things that we get to do?

Put it this way– If you know that you're NOT ALLOWED to fail in your next goal or seizing the opportunity given, do you think that your result will be different?

I hope you'll give it a deep thought because this might change your mindset forever.

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You "Chan" Do It!

Patric Chan
Founder, You Chan Do It
Success Outcome System


Blogger H. Peter Schiller said...

I am a strong proponent of not mistaking the difference between laziness and caution. Your blog suggests that each opportunity must be seized since it may be your last (or at least the last of that kind). While boldness is frequently rewarded, it is important to have balance in making decisions. Perhaps the young eagle could have found an intermediate goal before taking the big leap (or in its case, the death plunge)?

11:19 AM  
Blogger massage said...

I like this. The Basic idea is to seize a right opportunity and put wholehearted effort at full throttle. The eagle analogy is only a rough analogy.

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Raj said...

Good story Mr.Chan. It will change my life sure

5:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found the story very inspiring and it has changed my mindset of many opportunities that I let go by and to come.

3:08 PM  

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