Why You Shouldn't Fear Life's Opportunities

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When opportunity presents itself, will you be ready?

In 2001, Life Makeovers author Cheryl Richardson stopped by The Oprah Winfrey Show to talk about pursuing your passion. After the taping, she and Oprah stuck around to field audience members' questions.

One woman remarked that she had been chosen as the understudy for a stage production. When it turned out that the actress who had originally been cast in her role had to withdraw, naturally she stepped up to fill it. "Following your passion takes real work," the woman said. "You have to invest in yourself. You have to practice and commit yourself, and I think that's where my block right now is."

Watch as a probing question from Oprah gets at the truth underlying this woman's anxiety about her sudden good fortune.