The only difference between people who appear on the front cover of Forbes and who don’t is that the former ones don’t stand in a queue and wait for the magical door to open. They get their own tools and build the door themselves. Li Ka-Shing, one of the richest persons in Asia, is the living example of the fact that winners don’t await opportunities.
When we talk about creating opportunities for oneself and channelizing the time and energy, it all sounds so fancy – not only does it pump up your adrenaline but also makes you feel good about the future itself. But I am not here just to tell you that you’ve to ‘do this.’ Instead, I will walk you through the process ‘how can you do it?’
Sir Ka-Shing Li, a business magnate, investor, and philanthropist was termed as the richest person in Asia, with a net worth of USD 31.9 billion, (Bloomberg Billionaires Index, as of April 16, 2014). The Forbes ranked him as the second richest person in Asia as of March 2016, with an estimated net worth of USD 27.1 billion.
Li was born in Guangdong province, China. He was forced to drop out of the school when he turned 15 and support his family. He started his work at a plastics trading company – Li worked in the company for 16 hours a day, sometimes more. After years of laboring, it was in 1950 when Li founded Cheung Kong Industries, a plastic manufacturing company in Hong Kong. He had gathered quite an experience in the industry and he used his personal savings and also borrowed money from relatives for his initial investments. Little did he know then, he was building a billion dollar empire.
Presently, Li heads the board for CK Hutchison Holdings as their chairman. He’s is world’s leading port operator, investor, and developer, and the largest health and beauty retailer in Asia and Europe. Be it electricity, telecommunications, real estate, retail, shipping or the Internet, his businesses extend their roots to mostly every facet of life in Hong Kong. The Cheung Kong Group functions in more than half a hundred countries and boasts over 260,000 staff worldwide.
Harvard Business School sums his journey through an inspiring article- here’s the glimpse.
“From his humble beginnings in China as a teacher’s son, a refugee, and later as a salesman, Li provides a lesson in integrity and adaptability. Through hard work, and a reputation for remaining true to his internal moral compass, he was able to build a business empire that includes: banking, construction, real estate, plastics, cellular phones, satellite television, cement production, retail outlets (pharmacies and supermarkets), hotels, domestic transportation (sky train), airports, electric power, steel production, ports, and shipping.”
The point of sharing this inspiring story with you is to tell you that life will show you its dark side. Often you’ll find all the doors being shut right on your face but then you’ve to always remember that, “One always grinds before he shines.” The reason why Li had to leave his school and support his family was the sudden demise of his father. Had he cribbed and given the essential excuse, we wouldn’t be discussing him today.
Don’t you give up on yourself and that is your secret to success. Not all the successful ideas worked out in the first shot. Believe in yourself and create oceans of opportunities for yourself, because no one can channelize your potential better than you.
The first thumb rule is to comprehend the fact that neither there are any miracles nor any accidents. There are only results, results of your actions that driven by the amount of work and resources you put in. No one achieves glory in a day. As the football legend Lionel Messi says, “It took me 17 years and 4 months to become an overnight success.” So my advice to you is –push your limits – don’t expect for shortcuts and keep the virtue of perseverance intact because it always pays off.
Secondly, you’ve to pay attention to things and keep yourself well updated with your surroundings, people and everything that concerns your prosperity. Truth be told, opportunities are always present around you. All you’ve to do is find a way to cash it in.
Lastly when I say that build your own door, create oceans of opportunities for yourself what I imply is –don’t be discouraged by the former doors where you faced rejections, don’t let your morale hit the low. And the construction of your opportunities shouldn’t be determined by despair and frustration. You learn from the past failures and use the experience to build the substantial future.