There is a saying, opportunity only knocks once. Funny thing, though, even when the opportunity does knock we often don’t even realize it’s an opportunity. I am not going to lie; I did not recognize opportunity as much as I should have because of fear of the unknown. Has that ever happened to you?
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. – Thomas Edison
A few weeks ago, I was listening to my new friend excitedly share her plan for growing her business when she mentioned an area of my expertise. Did I just hear opportunity knock? I swear it was like a scene from a Saturday morning cartoon – a lightbulb went off in my head! As soon as the moment was right, I began to share how my expertise in that area could benefit her, and we both agreed we needed to schedule time for a deeper discussion. I had never, until that moment, thought of providing that type of service – but I put it out there to positive results. Opportunity knocked and I answered the door even though I didn’t know what was around the corner.
It sucks but that’s how opportunity can be sometimes. She has the audacity to make you believe in yourself, be okay with not knowing how it’s going to work out, and taking risks.
So how does any of this relate to your business? Simple: you can create opportunities for yourself and your business by finding ways to put yourself in the right place at the right time. Sometimes that’s all you need to take your business to the next level. Happens all the time.
Here are four key ways you can begin to create your own damn opportunities:
1. Meet new people
If you want to be presented with more opportunities, simply meet new people. The more people you meet, the higher your chances of possible opportunities. Go to meetings with people having similar interests as you. Visit conferences. You can even meet people online these days; join different LinkedIn groups, follow people on twitter. Don’t forget to follow-up after your introduction to schedule lunch or to grab a cup of coffee!
2. Continue learning
Personal development is critical for your success. Learning is a process that should never end. The moment you begin to think you know it all is the moment your business will stop growing. This year, I have committed myself to reading 10-pages of a personal development book or business book every day. Those 10-pages add up to about only 30-minutes. Will reading 10-pages one day change me or my business? Probably not. But reading 10-pages of a personal development book or a book on building my business every day for several months will improve my self-esteem and aid in creating business building ideas.
If you want true success, learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your business
3. Rack up those frequent flyer miles
You should visit a different place at least once a year. This is a great way to get you out of familiar surroundings to build your tribe. I love this because new places and new people mean possibly being presented with an opportunity that simply doesn’t exist in your hometown. A close friend of mine has built a successful network marketing team with partners from all across the country and internationally. Not one of her business partners live in her home state.
4. Don’t be scared of “I don’t know.”
The magic happens beyond our comfort zones. When I told my friend about my industry-specific coaching, I had no idea she would sign-on – but she did. I had no idea how it would work – but after a bumpy start, it did. And I had no idea about pricing, but it all worked out. Not being afraid of opportunity has allowed me to expand my services and it has brought in more business. As an entrepreneur, I love more business.