MOST OF US are used to the concepts of risk management or time management. Many of the same principles can be applied to creating and responding to opportunities.
Instead of thinking of opportunities as just ‘coming along’, you can actually increase the number of opportunities available to you and there are specific principles you can use to assess whether a ‘possibility’ has real ‘probability’ and ‘profitability’ for you.
- Enlarge your circle of friends. To increase the number of opportunities available, you need to go beyond traditional networking to generate friendships and trust with people who ‘aren’t like me’. Use any system you prefer, but be certain that your friendships include various ethnic, economic and social backgrounds, people who ‘think differently’.
- Practise creativity. Intentionally think of a way to turn every crack-pot, bad idea into something useful. This is not about finding a way to invest in every scheme that comes your way, it’s about practising creativity, turning ideas on their heads, finding the kernel of wisdom or value, and throwing the rest away.
- Avoid being overly tied to your goals. Goals, and plans for achieving them, can be extremely useful. They can keep us on track, focus our efforts and motivate us when we’re tired. But they can also blind us to new possibilities. Work toward your goals; don’t let them run your life.
- “He who hesitates is a damned fool!” This quote from Mae West is a classic call to action. Being ‘light on your feet‘ or, in Muhammad Ali’s old phrase, being able to ‘float like a butterfly and sting like a bee’ is useful business advice. There are times when opportunity knocks, but only stays at the door for a moment. Be prepared to respond quickly.
By Peter Hall
Adapted from an article by Top Tips Weekly