Morning Cup of Joe – Opportunity Knocks


A couple of weeks after I relocated from Los Angeles to Orlando, wanting to become better acclimated to my new environment, I decided to attend a Toastmasters meeting. The meeting was well attended and I even won an award for “Best Table Topics” speaker. “Table Topics” are 2-minute impromptu speeches where you are forced to think on your feet. As I neared the exit, a member approached me and said “I heard you mention that you are in Real Estate, are you currently working with anyone?”. I replied, “Actually, I’m not”. After two interviews, a tour and signing a mountain of disclosures, I began working as a Senior Real Estate Consultant. I felt like the luckiest man in the world. I mean, I’m a few weeks removed from LA and I’m already working a sweet gig. Pure Luck.

I did not realize it then but I was absolutely wrong. Luck had little to do with it. The obvious reason why I received that opportunity is because I was there. I was at the right place at the right time. That is truly what it takes to be a winner; showing up. It’s difficult for opportunities to meet you half-way if you don’t show up. The opportunity was already at the meeting; I had to literally show up to claim it. It is imperative that you understand the importance of showing up. You cannot reasonably expect your situation to change if you are not the change agent. Opportunity knocks on doors that aren’t closed.

Showing up is truly the only way you are going to position yourself to make a difference. I know it can be challenging at times and the motivation and discipline necessary for success may be in remission but I plead with you to not give up. We have all been in a position where we were inches away from our blessing but for whatever reason decided to not go the extra mile. Many of the obstacles we face are a result of our actions and/or inactions for that matter. We sit and wait for the blessing to knock on our door all the while the blessings is waiting for you to simply show up. Miracles happen when you and God are both hard at work.

Remember, if you don’t show up someone else will claim your prize.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Road to Success


Problems are actually opportunities in disguise. It is critically important that you start to recognize the opportunity in your problems. Whatever the issue, you certainly cannot compare it to the end of the world. Yes, the end of the world is a bit drastic but compared to that, do you really have any problems? I’ll answer for you; no, you truly don’t. The opportunity that inevitably arises from overcoming an obstacle is what you should always remain focused on; not the problem itself. Learn to look pass the problem to find the opportunity.

Think back to a time in your life when you encountered a difficulty and how you overcame that difficulty. What did you do to overcome that particular obstacle? What is it about you specifically that made you overcome that obstacle? The answers these questions should serve as a “How to” guide to fixing your problems. The fact that you have not experienced a similar difficulty is proof that you have learned the particular lesson you were meant to learn through that experience. Even if you did experience it again, there’s a valuable lesson learned in every human experience.

Embrace the obstacles that may come your way as they are designed to increase our awareness that we are going down the right path. Most roads that are travelled are laden with bumps; the road to success is not exempt. The tools you need to get over this hump are the same tools you used to get over the last one; the only difference is the problem itself. Opportunities come several times a day, it’s up to you to recognize them as opportunities and chase after them no matter the cost. More problems means more opportunities.

To The Top!
Joe Paul