Elizabeth R. Eames, Professor Emerita
Philosophy Department, Southern Illinois University
Author of two books on Bertrand Russell's philosophy
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Can you recognize an opportunity when it comes your way? Even though the concept seems fairly basic, most people harbor regrets about missed opportunities that in retrospect might have significantly improved their lives. This book will give you the critical tools to sort through the complexities that often obscure the perception of an opportunity and help you take
Can you recognize an opportunity when it comes your way? Even though the concept seems fairly basic, most people harbor regrets about missed opportunities that in retrospect might have significantly improved their lives. This book will give you the critical tools to sort through the complexities that often obscure the perception of an opportunity and help you take full advantage of what author Donald Morris calls "high-end opportunities" — pivotal situations that can change your life for the better.
Morris begins by developing a model of opportunity in the abstract, analyzing its elements and the contexts and frameworks that affect our recognition of opportunities. Drawing from a wide range of applications, including investing, business, law, criminology, gambling, and even religion, he shows how opportunities can be defined in various contexts. He also examines highly undesirable situations, where opportunity is lacking, such as poverty and historical instances of slavery, to further illustrate, by way of contrast, the defining characteristics of opportunity.
How does a significant opportunity differ from a simple option? How does taking advantage of opportunities differ from being an opportunist? Does our ability to predict the future affect our opportunities? What do we mean by equality of opportunity? By addressing these and other probing questions, Morris shows how to develop more critical perceptions of real opportunities.
Donald Morris, CPA, Ph.D., is professor of accounting and chair of the Accounting, Finance, and CIS Department at Eastern New Mexico University. The former owner of an accounting firm and a onetime instructor of philosophy, he is the author of Dewey and the Behavioristic Context of Ethics.
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Have you major life changing missed opportunities in your life? Have you regretted missing some opportunities that you knew at the time you should perhaps try for? We all seem to have missed opportunities. That is something that happens to all of us, whether we like it or not. And most of us think that opportunities are a simple matter—however as Dr. Morris argues nothing is further from the case. Opportunity is individual and personal. What is a real opportunity for someone is not much of an opportunity for someone else. There is nothing generic about opportunity. They are subjective and they need to be moulded to individual person in order for them to really matter. This is why there are so many stumbling blocks, pit falls and blind spots in individual opportunities. For instance, how an individual poses or frames questions when looking for the solution to a problem affects the kind of answers the person acknowledge. Also, the way a person frames an opportunity also affects the kind of opportunities that the person will take and which ones she will walk away from and possibly experience remorse later. Most people believe that opportunities are straightforward and not problematic—one either thinks that an opportunity is a good one or not. But as Dr. Morris argues in this book, the concept of opportunity shows that a problem exists with recognizing and exploiting opportunity, allowing us to search for and point to the specific reasons for this difficulty. Our recognition of opportunity is affected by the problems that we face, our notion of sacrifice, how we evaluate risk, how we perceive time, what conditions we believe will improve our life, and the techniques to predict our future, just to name a few. These underlying issues can cast a haze over our judgments and adversely affect our decisions with respect to opportunity. In spite of our self-confirmed ability to recognize opportunities, we will miss many important opportunities in our lives. Some people will miss more than others. I found Dr. Morris’ book fascinating and intriguing. Being a philosopher, I really enjoyed the analysis of the concept of opportunity in this book. It is a nontechnical read but it is a book to dissect and read slowly. Only then will we take the time to decide whether or not certain opportunities are good for us. First Reviewed on Blogcritics.