Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

When Opportunity Knocks, Will You Answer?

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

When Opportunity Knocks, Will You Answer?

Article excerpt

Sometimes a motivational speaker really does motivate. Such was the case with the subject of our First Person article this month (p. 44). The story is about Ken Wood, a bank director who runs a water-drilling business. Here's how he describes his reaction upon hearing a motivational speaker talk about conditions in Africa: "When God rings the phone, you better pick it up."

All of us have moments when something awakens us to an opportunity--a comment from a trusted friend, a mentor, or our own intuition. These moments usually can be uncomfortable because they present us with a decision--will we act?

The bank director did act on his "call," and, as you can read, it has made all the difference in his life and the lives of many others.

Such stories remind us that there is no wall between business and life, or between life and anything else. It's all one. We are presented with a combination of time and circumstances in which to live. How we use those ultimately is the most important thing.

Bank CEO Kelly King spoke about this at some length at the end of his keynote address to the ABA Real Estate Lending Conference last month.

"Life goes by really fast," said the head of BB&T Corp., where he has worked for 42 years. "And the shame of it is most people spend their lives either living in the past or in the future.... Not one of us can change yesterday," he said, "and not one of us has tomorrow promised. The essence of life is to get hold of that reality and to live in the moment, focused on doing the best you can do today." (Read a transcript of King's remarks at http://

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