Opportunity is a word we hear a lot, but the meaning of it isn’t always too clear. So, what do 5 powerful icons have to say about it? Check out their thoughts to get some inspiration and advice.

"My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment." ― Oprah Winfrey

Taking the opportunity to do something today will get you on the fast track to a success. If you feel like there are no opportunities for you, look closer. No matter how small, any opportunity to do a little more and be a little better today will benefit you in the long run.

"I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that's how you grow." ― Marissa Mayer

Opportunities won’t always show up looking easy and comfortable, but you need to learn how to take them when you see them- even if you may feel afraid or doubt your ability to deal with what could come your way. The only way to learn something new and improve yourself is to take the chances life gives you, especially if they seem challenging.

“The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.” Ayn Rand

It can be difficult to spot opportunities- after all, no one really tells you what they look like. However, the more you push yourself up the ladder, the easier it will get for you to know (and take) a good opportunity when you see it.

“Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at the sun.' We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.” Zora Neale Hurston

Opportunities that will lead you to success aren’t going to shoot you up to the top immediately. What’s important is to always aim a little higher, and remember that little victories add up to form a foundation for your success.

"No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens." ― Michelle Obama

Your access to education is vital, because it opens up opportunities to build yourself up, which eventually builds up your community and eventually, even your country. When things get tough, remember that you’re fighting to create powerful change, and that your mission is important.

The world is full of opportunities you can take, but the road can be challenging and unclear sometimes. Next time you feel a little lost, read these quotes again and remind yourself of all the different ways you can find your next stepping stone.

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