Opportunity (n): A set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.
Everyone wants it. Some people feel they’ve been wrongly held back from opportunity. Many don’t recognize it when they do have it.
Regardless, I am here to share with you the 3 key attributes you need to create opportunity as much as you want, for as long as you want. What you choose to do with this created opportunity is your choice.
- Develop the ability to sell. Selling is simple. You present something, such as a product or service or even an idea. You share its virtues – why this is something you need or want. Finally, you ask for the exchange. I’ll sell you this for $50. Work for me and you make $15/hour.I know you’ve heard that everything is sales. It’s true. You have needs and wants for your life. There are things you want and need right now in your life. In order to get these things, you will have to persuade, influence, cajole, convince or convert people to see things your way.
If you want to get your way in life – and we all do – you have to make sales.
The idea of making sales isn’t limited to “salespeople.” Teachers, ministers, parents, mechanics and customer service agents all need to sell. We all need to get people to see things our way to achieve success. Success for you may be different from what success is for me. Regardless, we both have a certain ideal that we want. To achieve this ideal, we must sell!
The response of people ultimately determines whether you make a sale or not. My People Skills Course will start you on the path to learning how to deal with different people, the right way.
- Know how to provide value to other people. I define value as giving more than you’re getting. How do you do this? Identify what other people need – and that you have – and start giving it to them. This can be your knowledge – teachers and online courses are a good example. You can give value in the form of time: would your grandmother appreciate a phone call? Motivational speakers give value in the form of inspiration and energy.In business, does this mean you work for free? At first, maybe. But once you’ve established a reputation, you charge money for your value. But the equation doesn’t change. When money is being exchanged, the value you provide must always exceed what you’re being paid.
Someone may pay attention to you for 10 minutes. If you can change the next 6 months of that person’s life with what you share, you’ve delivered value.
And since the universe must always be in balance, the law of Karma then goes to work for you.
All you have to do is make sure you give more value than you receive in every transaction you make. You purchase goodwill with other people. You get Karma working for you. And opportunity will chase you down.
- Keep your energy up. Energy is everything. You can’t capitalize on opportunity if you’re too tired to do so. If you’re too fatigued to notice, you won’t see opportunity. You cannot create opportunity if you don’t have the energy to make things happen.
A high-energy person with low skill can eventually locate success. A low-energy person with a ton of skill will lead a disappointing life.
So, how do you keep your energy up?
Eat good, energy-giving foods (use your best judgement – you know what’s not good). Get enough rest. Exercise. Be thankful for what you have. Appreciate yourself. Actively develop reasons to get excited about life.
Develop these attributes and you will have so much opportunity, you won’t know what to do with it all. You can probably give value to others by sharing it.