Every day, all around us there are opportunities. Sometimes, most times, we miss them. When a door closes, we are usually wrapped up in what happened to close the door, or are grieving the fact that it closed so we miss the opportunity in front of us. Opportunities are never lost as someone will always take advantage of them.
In today’s world, information streams at us with ever increasing speed. We need to step back and look at what is being presented and evaluate whether or not it is useful to us in whatever it is we are doing; in our work, in our leisure, in our families.
Sometimes there is a risk associated with the opportunity. It may be financial, physical, or leaving a safe, secure work environment. You will need to ask yourself how comfortable you are with the risk after assessing it thoroughly. You also need to ask yourself how will I feel if I do not do it?
Mark Zuckerberg once told a group of young entrepreneurs, “In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks,”. Elon Musk, Silvester Stallone, Bill Gates, Mark Burnett, and J.K. Rowling all took risks and succeeded. For some there was an opportunity, for others they made their opportunity.
Obviously, some are better equipped financially and emotionally to take those risks. Those with families, although they may like to take risks, may choose not to or be conservative because they need think of others. Other risk takers may be left out because financially they are not in the game.
Opportunities are not marked with flashing led lights and usually require sleuthing to uncover them. Those who are able to ‘leap’, the intuitives, usually can ‘see’ the possibility although the path to get there may be a little obscured. Collaboration is sometimes the answer to achievement in these cases.
Other times, sheer determination will determine what success looks like and can provide the vehicle to get there. The road may have bumps in the form of rejection by those who cannot see the opportunity and you must be prepared for this.
“Don’t wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it” Cathy Hopkins
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