Opportunity is an abstract concept that describes possible activities and events that may or may not occur in an environment in the future.

Opportunities include possibilities of obtaining future benefits, encountering hazards, and the null possibility of making no change.

The appropriate occasion or time, the necessary constituents, and their location or disposition are the essential requisites of opportunity, though not of null opportunities. April does not provide an appropriate occasion to celebrate Christmas, even though all the people who would celebrate it on 25th December Day may be present. The constituents of a wedding are a bride, groom, priest, witnesses and venue. The opportunity to be married can only occur on an occasion at the time and place arranged by and for the constituent members. An opportunity to conduct a wedding does not occur if either the bride, groom, priest or witnesses are not present at the venue. In most cases they are all required to be located together (disposition). The null opportunity to remain unmarried requires no such conditions. The opportunity for a boat builder to launch a new boat requires the vessel to be built and watertight, sufficient human and mechanical effort to move it, and the tide to be up to the boat yard. The boat may not be complete or water tight, it may be too heavy to move, or the tide may be out. These are all anti-requisites which will repress the opportunity, capability, and possibly the motivation to launch the boat.


To blow out the candles on their birthday a person needs the occasion – it must be their birthday, the constituents –the cake and the lighted candles (and preferably a table), and their disposition – the candles must be on the cake (preferably on the table).



Opportunity involves all components of Occasion, Constituents, and Disposition.

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