Are You Grateful for the Opportunities You Have?

“I’ve been provided an opportunity because of the investment of others and for that I’m grateful. I take that responsibility seriously.” -Mike Tomlin

I heard Mike Tomlin share those words at a luncheon last week. He was talking about Tony Dungy’s investment in his life. Tony has mentored Mike and gave him opportunities that he may have never had otherwise. Tony saw things in Mike that Mike may not have seen in himself. He drew things out that he may not have known were there. He helped mold him into someone who he may not have become on his own. Ultimately, Mike got the opportunity to be the coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers because of the people like Tony, who invested in him in his past.

What a great story. Mike Tomlin will never forget the people who made it possible for him to be where he is now. He will always be grateful for their investment and take whatever opportunities come his way seriously as a way of saying thank you to those who have invested in him in the past.


So, I have three questions for you:

  • What opportunities do you have today because of the investment of others?  – Maybe you have a great job because your parents sacrificed to get you through college. Maybe a teacher or pastor saw something you in nobody else saw and gave you shot. Write them down and write down who made them possible!
  • What are you doing with the opportunities you’ve been given? – If someone else has invested in you, they want to see a return on their investment. The greatest joy for a mentor is when they see the people they’ve invested in thriving and doing something great with their lives. If you’ve been given great opportunity, do something with it! Take it seriously! Make the people who invested in you proud!
  • Have you shown the people who have invested in you that you’re grateful? – When is the last time you thanked people for the investment they made in you. Remember, they didn’t have to. They didn’t have to pay for you to go to college, give you that opportunity, spend time with you, etc. Write thank you cards, call them and thank them, buy them a meaningful gift, you name it, but find a way to thank them and do it often!


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