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Wordless Wednesday – Opportunity

Real Estate Agent with Dirt Road Real Estate SA676002000

The other day I came across this quote by Bayard Taylor.

Opportunity is rare, and

a wise man will never let it go by him.”

My sense is the reason opportunity is rare because wisdom is also rare. 

Year ago I read this quote by Marcel Proust:

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but having new eyes.”

Maybe this is why during economic downturns, there are more wealthy people created because they have changed their perspective, their eyes?

And usually from what I read these individuals who became wealthy worked, had goals and learned how to overcome obstacles in their paths.

With all the angst within the real estate industry, my sense is some will see the same landscape but with new eyes.  From everything I continue to read, the real estate industry is facing what other industries have faced, significant change. Those individuals who saw with opportunity with new eyes did not let that opportunity slip by.

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

Thomas Edison

“Luck is when opportunity knocks, and you answer. If opportunity doesn’t know, build a door.”

Milton Berle

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

Henry Ford

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Winston Churchill

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Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Love the thoughts and image of the doors Leanne. Instinctively I want to go to the enticing yellow door as it is drawing me in. However, Robert Frost wote "I shall be telling this with a sigh, somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one  less traveled by, And that has made all the difference".


That might mean the shadowy door to the right is the one less traveled. Mmmmh. Decisions, Decisions. Jeff 🧐

Apr 17, 2024 09:24 PM
Leanne Smith

Yes decisions, decisions and the graphic can again reinforce one of my favorite quotes you shared about the "path not taken." Thank you and good morning Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI 

Apr 18, 2024 08:11 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Loved your message, personally I believe opportunity is not rare, just many do not see it and your quotes confirm why:)Endre

Apr 17, 2024 09:42 PM
Leanne Smith

So true, again change our perspective when looking at the same landscape. Thank you and good morning Endre Barath, Jr. 

Apr 18, 2024 08:12 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

If we are paying attention (and are open to) opportunities, we will definitely find them. Most people aren't paying attention.

Good morning!

Apr 18, 2024 05:53 AM