May 30, 2011

Opportunities rarely arise without initiating action. They require flexibility and perseverance. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work” (Thomas Edison). You must create opportunities for yourself. Don’t wait for them to find you.

Take action:

Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. Instead of focusing all of your efforts too narrowly, spread them out. Improve your chances by starting a number of projects and see where they each lead.

Start small. Try to avoid rejecting small opportunities because they don’t fit your criteria perfectly. “Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along.” (Hugh Allen)

Be ready. Prepare yourself in advance for the opportunity you desire. So, if it arrives, you are willing and able to accept it; otherwise, it will seem unfortunately timed, if you are too busy or untrained.