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The Secret Life of Opportunity 

Opportunity is sneaky.

We're told to watch for it. We're told that success happens when preparation and opportunity meet.

This is true.

But the thing no one ever tells you is how to spot opportunity when it arrives.

Maybe it's our culture. Maybe it's short-term thinking, or shrinking attention spans, or a poverty mindset. Maybe it's the looming threat of real – or imagined – scarcity.

Whatever it is, when we look for opportunity, we're often looking for money. Dead presidents. Dolla dolla bills, yo.


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In certain disciplines such as philosophy and systems theory, there's a concept called emergence.

Emergence occurs when the entirety of a thing has properties the individual parts don't possess on their own. It's the synergy of a system, the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.

I've become interested in this concept lately in terms of happiness and success.

I spent a lot of years grasping at what I thought would make me happy. I wanted fame. I wanted wealth. I wanted to be noticed. I tried…

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