“If you can find a path without obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere. Obstacles do not block the path; they are the path.”

There is this infamous story related to ‘opportunities’. Have a look:

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed in the middle of a roadway. He then hid himself nearby and watched to see if anyone would take the pains of moving the boulder out of the way. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it, paying no heed to the boulder, making no efforts in clearing the way.

Many people loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, for misusing the tax-payer’s money for his own luxury. But none of them did anything about getting the stone out of the way. The stone remained at its place untouched, unmoved.

A peasant then came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to push the stone out of the road. He made efforts to get it out of the way. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.

After the peasant went back to pick up his vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been placed. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King explaining that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.

What does this short story teach us?

Every obstacle we come across in life gives us an opportunity to improve our circumstances, and whilst the lazy complain, others are creating opportunities through their kind hearts, generosity and willingness to get things done.

Success comes with willingness, with the zeal to make things happen. In a difficult situation, there are two way-outs for us. We can either run away from the problem, change our goal. On the other hand, we can face the problem, take the risk and make it happen.

The choice is always ours. We do not get unlimited chances to have the things we want. Nothing is worse than missing an opportunity that could have changed our lives. Thomas Edison once said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Running away from work means running away from opportunities. When opportunity knocks on the door, always be willing to take a chance because you never know how perfect something could turn out to be.

Always challenge your limits! Because that’s how you create opportunities – by going the extra mile.