Resources are Internal – Opportunities are External

At a recent success seminar, one of the world’s most renowned success gurus illustrated success by telling a story about a young man who made it big. The point was he took a chance on himself: certainly an important success principle. This enterprising entrepreneur invested $120,000 to manufacture and market an invention he came up with in college. The specifics are not important but a couple of points are. The cash was “part” of a gift he received from his uncle. The gift was given to him when he received his business degree from Harvard. Now isn’t that just dandy? If you have a business degree from Harvard and a rich uncle, you can make it big. If your uncle is rich enough, you may not even need the degree.

It is easy to hear this story and miss the most important point. …