True opportunities are the results of alignment with our internal gifts and the happenings in the world. They are neither accidental nor coincidental. Just like talents alone, true opportunities are gifts. Our abilities to benefit from them is the cause-and-effect reward for doing the right things, at the right time, for the right reasons. In other words, we prepared. We prepared to believe. We prepared to plan. We prepared to search and find. We prepared to take action. This is what it means to be ready. It’s everything we do proactively so we can respond, not react, to the problems and opportunities that will inevitably come our way.