According to Roget's Thesaurus, opportunity, n. is also an opening; an occurrence; a chance; and an occasion.
Does opportunity knock?
Well, no, it doesn't.
Just like a pig won't crap a twenty dollar gold piece if you kiss it.
And just like love, opportunity is also blind. Opportunity can't see people and select the ones most suitable to take advantage of it. However, unlike opportunity and love, some people see opportunity everywhere. These people will find something that will let them take advantage of their talents no matter how limited those talents may be. They want success so bad they'll pursue opportunities over and over until they make it. They won't quit no matter how many people tell them they are stupid, foolish or a sucker. But when they finally 'make it', who is the foolish or stupid one?
And then there are those that always say, "Oh, whoa is me." "I'm so poor, I can't do anything to improve my life, etc, etc." These are the people that can't see opportunity, won't see opportunity, and refuse to see opportunity when it is pointed out to them. They'll usually say, "Huh? You expect me to do that?" "I can't do that." "It costs too much money." "I can't sell." "I can't yada yada yada." Their slogan in life is, "I can't."
Other quips from those disjointed at the brain are, "That's a scam." "That's a pyramid scheme." "That's too hard." "I couldn't give that stuff away." With all of the scams in the market place today, there is the possibility that much of what is said about some alleged opportunities is true. But if people say this about everything, well, it tells the world that they have given up.
Even if you've been financially hurt by one kind of pig, it doesn't mean another pig won't crap a 20 dollar gold piece for you if you kiss it just right.
Here is an example. Have you seen the commercial that says, "Feed the pig?" It's a reference to a piggy bank where you should be putting money away for your future. If you follow this advice, you will kiss this pig many times for what it returns to you.
Money talks, BS walks.
Who hasn't heard this? People with money get what they want, while those with no money usually don't. You've seen people escape jail because they could hire the best attorneys. You've seen the expensive cars, trucks and RV's on the road, and they cost a lot of money. You've seen the big houses for people with money, while many people without a lot of money live in apartments. This narrative isn't a class envy piece, it's about getting people off their assets, to kiss a couple of pigs, and to get the money, things, and solutions they want to see accomplished.
What are your goals? What are you trying to achieve? And what have been your successes? Have you signed an initiative to get something on the ballot, only to have the general public vote against your wishes because the opposition had more money to support its position? Yeah, money talks, and it can talk real loud.
Let's suppose you want to save yellow canaries from going into the coal mines. You can petition for the benefit of yellow canaries and beg others to sign it, but if you could buy 1,000 acres and create a sanctuary for yellow canaries, can you see the possibilities if you had the money to do the latter?
"I couldn't give that stuff away."
Oh, really? There is a place for everything. If you have doubts about this, take a look at what is sold on Ebay. If someone can sell the banana peel from a banana eaten by Paris Hilton (ficticious), why is it not feasible to give stuff away?
There are different ways to give things away. You can go to a discount store and buy something, pay tax on it, ship it, get a letter of thanks, any maybe get a tax deduction. Or, you can kiss a pig, you can opt out of paying the tax, let someone else ship it, get a letter of thanks, maybe get a tax deduction, and quite possibly make some money for doing it.
Can you hear the opportunity silently screaming at you? If you search diligently, you will see the opportunity. Or you can be told about the opportunity and reject it out of hand.
And that would be too bad, because then there would be no recipients of your potential donation. The kids may get some toothpaste to brush their teeth, but it won't be from you. The homeless may get some toothpaste, shampoo and deoderant, but it won't be from you. The battered women in the family shelters may get some toothpaste, shampoo and other necessities, but they won't get it from you. The non-profit hospitals may provide what is needed for children, especially babies, but it won't be from you.
So, in response to, ""I couldn't give that stuff away," yes you can. But will you?
There is chance you can make some money doing it. Isn't it worth trying instead of saying it won't work? If it works, you can use the money for other worthwhile causes, because as stated above, money talks, BS walks.
Ten percent in this context relates to Tithing. Paraphrasing from the dictionary, a tithe (from Old English teogoþa "tenth") is a one-tenth part of something, paid as a (usually) voluntary contribution. Today, tithes (or tithing) are normally voluntary and paid in cash, cheques, or stocks, whereas historically tithes could be paid in kind, such as agricultural products.
Let me give an example. If you earn $500 a week, you would be looked upon to provide $50 to some charitable organization, usually a church. If you earn $2,000 a month, your ten percent would be $200.
If you applied this philosophy to a business venture, it might be possible to create an income stream from a ten percent contribution of in kind commodities.
Would it be ethical to generate an income from contributions?
If you generate more income, your ten percent contribution also increases. But now, you may wish to diversify your contributions (cash) to other things.
For example, if your monthly income increases by $400, and if $2,000 is your regular income, you would have $40 (using the ten percent guideline) you could contribute to another cause. With the remaining $360, it's money you didn't have before, and it's an opportunity to use it in any way you want.
This is capitalism at it's finest. Non-profits get what they want, and you get what you want. What's unethical about that?
There are many businesses that contribute cash and in kind items.
This is just another twist to the philosophy of making a contribution while you increase your own well being. The more you get, the more you can give. There isn't anything wrong with that.
If you are a person that likes to make contributions, this is an efficient way to accelerate your ability to do so.
One of the charities I donate money and in-kind products to is the St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Montana.
I made a personal visit on August 29, 2007 to see for myself what the school was all about.
I don't know what I was expecting, but I was quite surprised. I was surprised to see the grounds and buildings well maintained. I was also surprised at how courteous and gracious the people were.
I was introduced to one of the people in charge, and I asked if my in-kind donations were being sold. "No!" "We use almost everything, and much, if not all, goes to the children."
I was relieved, because I came with more in-kind products for the kids. I gave my hostess more of the Neways products I use and hope the kids will benefit from. So far, all they need at this time is toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner and lots of it.
Because there are so many kids in need, there is no way I can possibly meet all of their needs. Would anyone like to join me in making contributions to St. Labre and other organizations?
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