Without a doubt, the past month has been crazy – no, it’s been downright hectic. There has been a lot going on personally and professionally and it wasn’t until I wrote the date for the first time today that I even realized that we are already in November. I’m going to need Mother Nature to put the brakes on.
Today I want to talk about opportunity; especially when opportunity is directly related to career. I am a believer that opportunity can be presented in two ways: directly and indirectly. Directly, opportunity walks over, knocks on your door and presents itself in a very obvious light (insert your boss sitting you down to offer you a promotion that includes a nice bump in pay). This direct approach to opportunity is both easy to identify and is (mostly) easy to evaluate. Sure there may be some negotiating along the way, but direct opportunity often allows you to easily see your end result and the overall reward.
Indirect opportunity is not as gracious. In fact, indirect opportunity can sneak up on you without you even realizing it (that bitch). Even worse than not seeing the opportunity, is missing out on what could have been. Recently I had an opportunity directly presented to me and have spent the past few weeks going back and forth on taking the chance. The crazy thing was that the other day while debating the opportunity I realized what would really be in store for me in I took this. I know this is a really vague example (more to come, I promise), but what I am getting at is that sometimes opportunities turn into platforms for something bigger and better. Sometimes it’s just taking the time to really see where opportunity lies in your own life, it what really matters.
The great Thomas Edison once said “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” So, roll up your sleeves people and start working on the opportunities that are out there or you.