There’s an image making its way around the Internet this week of 18-month-old Jaxson Denno bawling his eyes out when he got a visit from Robert Downey Jr. instead of Iron Man, whom he expected to show up in full body armor.
Little Jaxson didn’t know an opportunity when he saw it. But, then again, a lot of adults make the same mistake.
Jaxson set a certain expectation when he said “I want to meet Iron Man” just as adults build up expectations of what will happen when we say or do one thing but get different results. Some of us bawl our eyes out, some of us freeze in fear, and the then there are some that look this new opportunity straight on and make the most of it. Those are the Tony Starks of the world.
How many times does someone get overwhelmed when faced with options and can’t decided on one path? How many times does opportunity slip through our fingers because we’re too focused on what we were expecting instead of what we got?
Most people will tell you to go out and make things happen for yourself. That’s true. Do it. Don’t sit on your butt waiting for life to hand you something. The longer you sit around thinking about what you’re waiting for, the more likely you are to build an imagine of something that’s never going to happen exactly that way.
The more you wait, the less adaptable you become and the less likely you are to see a positive situation in something that doesn’t fit your imagined state.
You may not get Iron Man, but if you bawl your eyes out when Tony Stark shows up you’re going to miss a really big opportunity.