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What are wasted opportunities ?
 
How often have we heard someone say that they have wasted an opportunity? There is a mixture of regrets and of wistfulness. In fact, it could be even one of pure frustration. For example, a businessman may have been given an attractive proposition but did not take up the offer. Later on, he lived to regret it.

What exactly is an opportunity? It is a chance to have or to do something which one thinks would be beneficial to oneself. For example, a student may be offered a scholarship to study overseas. Everyone tells him that this is a good opportunity for him to further his lot in life as an overseas degree is deemed prestigious and augurs well for his future career. However, he may not take it up if his family does not allow him. Then many will say that he had wasted an opportunity.

Opportunities are like these, you have to recognize them and hope that by seizing them, they will lead to certain desired outcomes. For example, a guy may be a secret admirer of a girl. One day, he finds himself with a chance to ask the girl out for a date. If he does not seize the chance to ask her out, he may not know whether she would accept his request. Others would then say that he had wasted his opportunity.

Opportunities arise as one goes through life, whether at home, in studies or later on at work. Those who are born with rich or educated parents have a head start in life. A rich son can enter a better school or an educated parent can give informed advice to his children. It is up to these fortunate people to seize the opportunities presented to them, or these would be wasted. Hence, opportunities present themselves at certain times. The person who does not grab those chances would have wasted them.

At work, a woman may have been presented with an opportunity to know her boss better. If she declined a date with him, she may have denied herself an opportunity of a fine husband provided that he were of good character. Again, a man may see an opportunity to display his talents in a project. If he jumps at the chance and does well, his potential may be recognized in the form of a promotion by his appreciative boss. Then people would remark that he had not wasted the opportunity which came by.

Opportunities may present themselves, but one must be ready for them. A person who has prepared himself by acquiring the right qualifications and work experience would be well equipped to seize the opportunity if the job he desires comes by. He would not let such an opportunity slip away and waste it. Hence, opportunities should be taken. There is a saying, 'Fortune favors the brave'. After all, people may think there is no harm trying.

Such is life. Life presents us with opportunities. It is up to us to seize them. If they result in undesirable outcomes, one will not blame oneself. After all, one has tried.

What would be sad to hear would be about people who bemoan their lack of opportunities or not seizing the opportunities which would have led to desirable outcomes. We can only commiserate with the person who says that he should have married that good girl or that he should have pursued that course which would have led to fortune. But luck is the name of the game of life and if you were to ask every person, he would have his tale of wasted opportunities.

     
wistfulness   absent-mindedness
     
bemoan   lament
     
commiserate   sympathize
 
 

 

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