This summer I read the book Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. It’s a good book where one of my main takeaways is that women need to take a more active role to seize the opportunities around them if they want to succeed in business. Where a lot of men take a step up — a lot of woman step aside.

The book contains a lot of stories and facts — and it’s an important book that both men and women should read. I’ve recommended it to several friends and colleagues, and everyone who reads it agrees.

One of my favorite points, is this: Opportunities are rarely offered; they’re seized.

Too many people are just waiting to get their chance and be seen. What they don’t realize is that this doesn’t happen more often then it does. Most people who’s looked at as being successful, got there against the odds. By working hard, taking the opportunities presented. And often creating the opportunities from thin air.

I’m a living proof. And that’s how I try to live. By doing the best with what I got, always being hungry for more — never be afraid of trying new things.

So the next time you see an opportunity, or want one. Take it. Don’t wait for someone to give it to you. Just take a leap of faith, challenge yourself. And amazing things will happen.

Thomas Moen

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