The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. (Orison Sweet Marden, 19th-20th century inspirational author)

Marden continued, “It is not in your environment, it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.” Too often we’re inclined to blame other people, our circumstances, or bad luck when we can’t seem to achieve our goals. While we certainly do need help from others, the motivation for success must come from within.

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity (Ephesians 5:15-17).