The proverb 'strike while the iron is hot ' is closely associated with the occupation of an ironsmith. He puts the iron in fire till it becomes red hot. Once the iron is red hot, it becomes soft and he loses no time in molding it to the desired shape. If he allows it to cool, he loses and excellent opportunity.
Interpreted and applied to daily human existence, the proverb means seizing the opportunity when it present itself. The wise always remain alert and make the best use of the opportunity that comes their way. While people who are not watchful and let the opportunity skip by, find it extremely difficult to succeed in any endeavour. When opportunity knocks at the door those who make the best use of it succeed, while others who do not are left behind. Opportunities seldom repeat themselves. Therefore, an opportunity once missed is missed either for a lifetime or for a long period.
When the sea is in tide, the sailors who are alert, seize the chance to set their ships on sail. Those sailors who remain anchored on land miss the opportunity, and are forced to postpone their journey till the arrival of another tide. Similarly, there is a tide in the affairs of human beings, that is, there is a certain time which is propitious for achieving certain objectives.
This proven can be applied to any shape of life and its efficacy can be evaluated. In the fields of sports, those players who make the best out of the...