Stephen Akintayo

“Doors and opportunities” A vital tool for growth.

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It is said that opportunities come but once. I tend to disagree. Opportunities are open to us all every day. Every new day is an opportunity to gather new experiences, learn a new language, acquire a new skill, visit a place and so much more. Only the dead is void of opportunities. These ‘doors’ as I would call them are essential tools for growth. Without them, stagnation is inevitable.

Opportunities can be likened to doors. Every door is an entrance that leads to something; each, performing its own specific purpose. For example, the door of a bank leads to money and transactions while the door to your house leads to rest. Whichever way, they both have their functions. It is, therefore, important to grab them by the neck whenever they appear. The question, however, is how do we get to know these doors?

It isn’t as hard as you think! Firstly, what are your aspirations? What are the things you love to do? Do you wish to go into a career or business? Are you the creative or reproductive type? When these questions are answered, then stepping into the doors of opportunities wouldn’t be difficult.

These are my pieces of advice; Start small and early! Every successful business today started on a small scale. Amazon for example started on the 5th July 1994 with just in the garage of Bezos’ house on Northeast 28th Street in Bellevue, Washington in a small room. Today, its building capacity is one to admire. There are many several others such as Dell, KFC, Apple, Disney, etc. In fact, one of the advantages of starting small is that it helps you build capacity at a young age. From the littlest of things, your Resume breeds confidence and recommendations can come from there. Don’t forget that the most successful King of Israel started off as a Shepherd boy.


Volunteering is an act of rendering service without expectation of monetary value. If you really want to open doors for yourself, then you must give. Volunteer (give) time, knowledge, experience, skill, etc.
Winston Churchill once said;

“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”

What many people fail to understand is that Volunteering will earn you recommendations — that alone is a mighty door that just might open.

Finally, doors and opportunities do not come to lethargic people. The act of diligence and hard work is crucial to new opportunities. Read books, engage in healthy conversations, follow individuals who have what you need, ask questions, above all, be a friend of God.

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