“People who enjoy consistent success know what it takes to make great opportunities happen. Change a few habits and people might be wondering how you get so many opportunities, too” Liz Strauss, Social Media Strategist.
Sometimes it feels as though everyone else around you has opportunities flying at them, while you’re left wondering why you can’t have the same luck. This is when it’s time to re-evaluate your plan of attack. Instead of waiting for that amazing opportunity to come find you, you need to make your own opportunities.
“Some people think of opportunity the way it’s defined in the dictionary—as a set of circumstances that make something possible—and they talk about it as if it just arrives organically. You ‘spot opportunity’ or wait around for ‘opportunity to knock.’ I look at it differently. I believe that you have to be the architect of the circumstances—that opportunity is something you manufacture, not something you wait for.” Twitter co-founder and Jelly CEO, Biz Stone.
Believe in yourself
This may sound a little cheesy, but self doubt is a powerful force, and it can hold you back from taking on opportunities that may be a little intimidating. To be great, it is important to believe you are great first. Now this doesn’t mean to be great you must excel and know absolutely everything there is to know about what field you want to get into. Whether it is fashion, computers or the environment you are passionate about, there is always more to learn then what you already know. Start by believing you can do it, you can reach your goals and you are capable of learning and gaining experience in everything you can. This is what will help you achieve greatness.
To believe in yourself and to be confident does go hand in hand but there is a difference. Confidence is the way you put yourself across to people. Walking into a meeting well prepared and showing that you know what you’re talking about or taking on opportunities that are challenging or out of your comfort zone are great examples of having confidence. It is confidence that will push you to give your all when involved in opportunities and take valuable knowledge and experience from them. The truth is, everyone gets nervous and feels intimidated when trying new things. Having confidence is something you can learn and get better at with experience. If you don’t feel like you’re an overly confident person, there are ways you can improve this. Taking on opportunities to gain experience is one way to practice confidence building. Becoming involved with opportunities, you can network with colleagues or professionals. The more confident you are approaching people in the field, the more chance you have in opening new doors to better opportunities.
Ask for advice
Communication is key to making your own opportunities. Sometimes it may feel like you have tried absolutely everything and all roads are leading to dead ends. It can be really helpful to network with as many people around you as possible. People such as friends, family, professionals, mentors and teachers can really help you evolve ideas or even brainstorm new ones. Have you ever had that conversation and the person you are talking to says something and your reply is “wow! I had never thought of it like that!” It happens. You may think you have tried everything but someone may have a fresh outlook on it that can help you. Perhaps they have heard of a new program that’s being run that you should get involved in, or a new volunteer opportunity that could get you some really valuable experience. When asking professionals, they may help you to see what you are doing wrong and give you advice on where you may need to improve. They have probably been down the same road and can share their stories and how they managed to move on from it. The possibilities are endless when asking for advice and communicating with people.
One of the most important points to be noted in making your own opportunities is to be proactive. Never stop looking out for new and fresh trends to get involved in. Always be on the lookout for how you can get involved with something that will give you experience and knowledge that can benefit your future career. Don’t shy away from volunteer positions these can be a great start to gaining experience in the industry. Any opportunity even if it is unpaid is a new chance to network with professionals in the workplace. This can lead to higher roles. Showing that you are really passionate about the industry that you are willing to do unpaid work shows professionals and industry leaders that you are determined to find your place in the industry.
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Article written by Shahn Lush for EntreprenHer.