Some people believe that opportunities come once in a life time and when such an opportunity is missed, there is no chance of making it ever. Other people believe opportunities come every day and as such they take them for granted.
I believe that you’ll never know when you’ll have your big break and that’s why you should always be prepared. You should never feel that it is too late for you even when you have lost a lot in the past.
Successful people see opportunities in virtually everything. A simple speech, a post on a friend’s Facebook wall, a tweet, a commercial, anything! There are so many opportunities all around you and this is how you make the best of them.
Listen more than you speak
I know talking can be a lot of fun especially when you feel you have an intelligent contribution to the subject of discussion but it will do you a lot of good when you just sit back and listen.
Listening adds to your ideas. It opens your mind to different approaches other than the one you had in mind. It’s always a win situation when you listen because you get to avoid making the mistakes others made in their pursuit.
Always see yourself taking advantage of the opportunity
There is no such thing as this job is not meant for me. It could be in a field you are familiar with or it may be completely abstract to you. Who cares?! That is the beauty of learning new things and exploring different worlds.
Get out of your comfort and go for it. You will become an expert sooner than you think if you put your mind to it.
It is funny how many people still wait on the government to come to their rescue and save them from the poverty they willingly got themselves into. Just in case you belong to that category, it is time to wake up from that dream. It is never happening.
The whole world is looking for individuals who have created an opportunity for themselves out of nothing. Those are the people getting paid!
So look around you, it may not seem like an opportunity at first but it will when you begin.
Get involved by asking questions
To know what is happening you need to get very curious. Ask everything from anyone. Ask all kinds of questions till you get a satisfactory answer.
Read, research and stalk a person if you have to. Be deliberate about your quest till you find what you are looking for. Interact with the people that matter to you, make friends and keep good relationships.
That way when the opportunity comes, you would have planned for it properly and you won’t be taken unawares.
Have an attitude that speaks for you.
What most people call being connected and luck is nothing compared to an attitude that goes ahead of you to announce you.
Personality is key if you don’t want to lose out on any of your opportunities. It doesn’t matter if you want to work under someone or own your own business; to build a successful network; you need to be trustworthy and competent.
It is never too early to start working on yourself. Focus on your character, your work ethnics, do the right thing with little or no supervision. Be proactive and resilient, there’s no one who wouldn’t want to work with you.
Patience is very important if you must make the most out of your opportunities. Think of every chance as a seed you are sowing, it takes time to grow, but in the end you will be glad you waited.