What we don’t use, we ultimately lose, whereas what we use grows. This is true of the human brain, true of knowledge and skills, and also true of life and opportunities. If we want anything to grow, we need to engage it. Taking opportunities is a sure way of multiplying them.
Here are a few areas of life where we can take opportunities.
- Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurs are always on the lookout for new opportunities to grow their business. By taking calculated risks and seizing opportunities, they can expand their customer base, increase profits, and attract investors. For example, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, started an online bookstore and seized the opportunity to expand into other markets, such as cloud computing, streaming media, and grocery delivery.
- Career Development: In the workplace, opportunities for advancement may not always be obvious. By taking on new challenges, volunteering for projects, and networking with colleagues, you can seize opportunities for career growth. For example, if you are a software engineer, you may not have experience in project management. By volunteering to lead a project, you can gain valuable skills and experience that can lead to future opportunities for advancement.
- Education: Education is a lifelong process, and opportunities to learn are everywhere. By seizing opportunities to learn new skills, languages, and cultures, you can open up new career opportunities and personal growth. For example, if you are interested in learning a new language, taking a class or using a language learning app can lead to opportunities to travel, work abroad, or communicate with people from different backgrounds.
- Networking: If you are actively engaged in building relationships and networking with others in your industry, you are more likely to hear about job openings, new projects, and other opportunities. By attending conferences, industry events, and other networking opportunities, you position yourself to be in the right place at the right time.
“Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
If you are not on the dance floor, you will not know that opportunity exists. Opportunity is already on the dance floor, looking for those who are already taking one action or the other. You need to ensure you are powered up and on the go, the more you are involved in something that is active and growing, the more you find what you can plug into. If you are docile and inactive, opportunities will naturally pass you over. Taking opportunities puts you in the right place at the right time.
While what we take multiplies, what we ignore shrinks. No matter how fluent we become in a language, if we don’t make speaking or reading it our daily practice, we will lose it. The same goes for our physical fitness, our cognitive abilities as well as opportunities.
We however need to discern which opportunities are opportunities and take them, and which are not, and avoid them.