“Opportunities, many times, are so small that we glimpse them not, and yet they are often the seeds of great enterprises.” — Og Mandino Many people are anxiously waiting for the great idea, the key contact, or the unique opportunity that will carry them on to the next level of success in their career. I have tried to become a student of what a close friend of mine calls “walking slowly through the crowds.” In our lives and careers, we are all in need of two things: relationships and momentum. Even if we believe this to be true, there are so many things to see and hear that most people miss. In fact, most of us walk through a crowd, (or in a general sense, walk through life), so fixated on where we want to go, what we need to accomplish, or when we need to be somewhere, that we are oblivious to our surroundings. To one degree or another, you might be like that person waiting and watching for the opportunity to hitch a ride. On the other hand, you might be like the person walking by with a blinder, so fixated on your own agenda that you are unaware of opportunities standing by with their thumbs out. Most of us, to some extent, are in one or both situations and not recognizing the opportunities all around us. I have come to believe that I am always one introduction or acquaintance away from a life changing event for me or someone else. The key is keeping my eyes open.
September 12, 2013