There are so many opportunities in the United States of America. There are many other countries in the world that have opportunities as well. If you live in a country with opportunities be thankful that God has placed you there. With so many opportunities in this country, it’s unfortunate that people cannot see them or do not think they exist. This causes people to not position themselves for when opportunities come their way. You need to get ready for opportunities so when you find them, you can take advantage of them.
Get Ready for Opportunities
You need to get yourself ready for opportunities and not put yourself in a position where you are limiting them. If you are working at a job that is not where you want to be, start by determining what you really want to do. What are the first couple of things that come to your mind? The first one is probably the one you really want to be doing. Figure out what you need to do in order to get there. If you are not already an expert in this area, then you need to spend all your time to become an expert.
Do you need training or to be licensed in your state for example? Research how much it will cost you to do this and determine how long it will take you to get to this point. This includes the time for the training and the time it will take you to have the money to pay for the training or licensing. You can now plan a timeline for obtaining the required training or licensing in order to get ready for opportunities in a career that you really want.
Another way you get ready for opportunities is by living within your means, eliminating your debt, and saving money. When you are living paycheck-to-paycheck, your current job can be an obstacle for you. You feel like you have to stay where you are because you cannot go a few weeks without the income. You limit your opportunities because of your financial position.
Learn related skills that are outside of your current job duties in order to broaden your skillset. No matter what industry you are in, having additional skills can increase your future opportunities with your current employer. Maybe you will be able to get your own side jobs because of these additional skills.
Get Your Kids Ready
Part of teaching your children about money includes getting them ready for succeeding in their careers when they are adults. Getting them ready for their opportunities starts at a young age, but this doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. I am thankful I was involved in extra-curricular activities throughout my childhood, but my parents didn’t spend thousands of dollars a month on these activities. Sharpen your kids’ minds by playing card and board games with them. Teach them all kinds of things at a young age instead of sitting on the couch watching TV or with a device. Read to your kids. As Dr. Seuss says, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more things that you learn, the more places you will go.”
Once you have the proper training, you need to find opportunities. You will not find any opportunities sitting on your couch. You need to step out of your comfort zone, and sometimes you have to go look for them. Every now and then you need to see what companies are hiring for the skills that you have and apply for the positions that can be of benefit to you. You might need to put in some additional hours for your current employer in order to get noticed for the skills that you already have.
Put yourself around the people who are successful. Some of your friends are not successful. Although it is ok to have friends who are not successful, you cannot associate with only them. When your boss or co-workers schedule an outing after work go hang out with them. Being around your coworkers can open opportunities for you now and in the future.
Sometimes you find opportunities by creating them. Be good at what you do. I remember my high school basketball coach saying, “When you’re good you get the breaks.” When you put in the work, opportunities come your way. If you’re a farmer and don’t plant your fields, don’t expect to have anything to harvest. If you don’t try to find opportunities, you can expect none to come your way. But when you are ready and looking for them, they will be there.
After getting ready and finding opportunities, be ready to jump at them. This is the easiest part. Once you are ready and have found an opportunity it makes it easy to seize it. We all know some people who are in higher positions in a company who are maybe not as good as we think they should be. However, they put themselves in a position and seized the opportunity when it came. They deliberately got ready for the opportunity. Maybe they knew someone or took some training. Maybe they got to work on time that day. No matter what they did, they took some intentional steps to get there.
There are numerous opportunities for us. They don’t come our way if we do not get ourselves ready for them. We won’t find them if we don’t look for them. But once we are ready and look for them, seizing them won’t be an issue.