Friday, January 31, 2014

What kind of opportunity taker are you?

Motivation refers to the process by which a person's efforts are energized, directed and sustained toward attaining a goal (from Fundamentals of Management). Motivation has a lot to do with the opportunities you see in your daily life. However, you don't need to have a specific goal to be a good opportunity taker.

I've realized there are three types of opportunities around us, classified by how easy or hard is to take advantage of them.

  1. Opportunities that request your attention. This type of opportunities are the ones that a friend tells you about. Of the opportunities that come to you by email, such a job offer. They request your attention, and you  are made to choose between taking advantage of them or not.
  2. Opportunities that happen in front of you. This are the most common type of opportunities because we are surrounded by them. Take a look at your surroundings. Going to a professional event where you might do networking, talking to that stranger man or woman you like, asking for things instead of keeping your mouth shut... I call this taking advantage of your surroundings. If you let things happen around you without taking initiative and doing something about them, all those opportunities are passing by.
  3. Opportunities that you have to discover. Most of the opportunities in life aren't happening around you. They are "out there". Those opportunities are only discovered if you make an effort to expand your horizons and your knowledge. To find them, you must not let shame be a limiting factor in your life.
To what extent are you an opportunity taker? 
Do you let good things pass by because you feel good in your comfort zone?
Are you adventurous and try to do new things that can expand the opportunities you have in your life?

What kind of opportunity taker are you?

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