Opportunities Don’t Happen, You Create Them

Do you want to be at the right place at the right time? People who enjoy consistent success know what it takes to make great opportunities happen. Adopt these habits to make sure opportunity comes knocking at your door.


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1. Pay attention

Value curiosity and collect information. Make a habit of interacting with your environment. Notice things that happen around you. People who notice things know more than people who don’t. Develop a habit of noticing developments in your area, new businesses, facilities, community groups, etc.

2. Think of your work as important

No matter how uninteresting, or seemingly useless the project, assume a higher purpose is driving it. Bring your best talents and most dedicated attitude to it. What you think changes how you feel and what you do. People will respond to the importance you place on the work that you’re executing. Develop a habit of honoring your work. People will place more value on the work you do and start to look for opportunities where they might use your higher-level abilities.

3. Be aware of the potential of your impact

The way you look, the smile you give, the way you answer on your cellphone—each causes a response in someone that you might never be told about. Everything you do has an impact. When you make decisions, think them through to understand how they will affect other people.

4. Imagine opportunities everywhere you look

Lucky people know that opportunity is always present. Look for ideas and trends that match your interests and your skill set. Bend and twist those ideas to make them uniquely yours. Develop a habit of looking at everything to see how you might improve it—how you’ll make it more fun, faster, cooler, friendlier, easier, quieter, more musical, lighter, more exciting, more inviting, more anything. If you choose opportunities that benefit other people, they will support your endeavours.

5. Make yourself a magnet for jobs you do well

Be generous offering your help and counsel. When people help you, suggest your best skills as a way you might return the favours. Be on alert for the tiniest ways to match your best work with what the people around you might be doing. Talk about your favourite projects. Develop a habit of letting people know how much you love doing what you do well. People get impressed by folks who love their work and want to help.

The flip side to this is learning to resist the desire to help with projects which aren’t the best match with your skills. You cannot do everything and offering, but not delivering will do more harm than good. You may be able to refer someone better suited or more available and you will become known as the ‘go-to’ person for positive connections.

6. Decide and take action

When an opportunity is set before you, don’t hesitate. Take the opportunity and use it to grow the skills that got you that far. You know which opportunities fit your interests and skills and which don’t. Develop a habit of taking on new opportunities as a way of growing. Be clear that you’ll always be noticing and learning and people will feel secure in offering you opportunities that grow with you.

So if you want to be lucky, you can make great opportunities happen. Start developing these positive habits and you might be surprised by what comes your way and who wants to help you.

Inspired by the following quote:

“Opportunities don’t happen. YOU create them.”

-Chris Grosser


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