Land Your Dream Job: Recognize The Opportunity In Everything
“Look for the opportunity in everything you do – greet every interaction in your life with the question, ‘What’s the potential opportunity that this is?’ The super-successful approach every experience as an opportunity.” Jack Canfield, co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul and motivational speaker.
Jack Canfield simply stated the power of networking. You never know who you are going to meet and where so always be prepared for that opportunity to meet someone that will take your career to the next level. Canfield also emphasizes the importance of taking a pro-active stance when networking with people to look for the potential good in every moment. Opportunities arise daily and if we sit back, we may just miss them.
I started my first business from a simple conversation with a friend. I mentioned I was not satisfied with my current job or boss and wanted to pursue a career as a small business owner. My friend gave me the phone number of another woman who was in a similar situation as me. The woman and I connected and started a business venture together. We happily quit our current, unsatisfying jobs and were successfully able to support ourselves and our families. This was a perfect example of opportunity arising at every moment.
Tips to keep in mind for new opportunities:
#1. Approach every encounter as an opportunity. Whether you are talking to an acquaintance in the grocery store, casually chatting to a fellow parent at your child’s school, or in a business meeting, you can meet people that may assist you with any area in your life. Make sure to seize the opportunity as it arises.
#2. Make connections with people. The more you are engaged with people, the greater bond you will build with that person. Ever heard the statement, “it’s not what you know, but who you know?” This statement is true in the sense that people prefer to hire and work with others they know and trust. So get connected.
#3. Branch Out. Introduce yourself to people you don’t know and make conversation. You never know who you may meet at events or meetings. My associate met his ghost writer at my wedding. By chance, he introduced himself to a woman and her date he did not know and learned what she did for a living. Randomly enough, he was looking for a ghost writer at that time and was finally able to write and publish his first book.
#4. Listen. Listen. Listen. The more you learn about a person, you will learn what they do. This is where the opportunity can arise. Ask questions and get to know the person. People love to talk about themselves so this is a great time to listen and learn.
#5. Follow Up. After making connections, make sure to maintain that positive relationship. Send the new contact an email or connect with them via social media methods. Invite that person to future events. Make sure to stay connected periodically so they know you are out there.
Remember: opportunity is always knocking. Are you going to answer the door?