Opportunity in one’s life can be an interesting thing. There’s the kind of opportunity that you see directly in front of you, knowing that it is heading your way. Other times an opportunity arises from something else you have been working towards and because you expanded your horizons a bit you have created another opportunity. Sure, staying in your comfort level can be, well, comforting, and safe, but taking a chance and seeing if you can create opportunities for yourself, can be so gratifying and rewarding. Sure, you may not see the light at the end of the tunnel immediately, but, if you keep your eye on the goal at hand, while expanding your talents into other areas of your life and career, the final outcome may be something grander than you ever imagined.
Take me for instance, I talk on the radio for a living. I own my time which means that I sell all of my endorsements and advertising personally. I like to say that I “eat what I kill”. I make a decent living at it, but that is not all I do. I have written a book, created and hosted my own TV show, and started a small production company for TV, film, and musical ideas. Every time I came up with these projects, they all came from an idea that I came up with. I believe in them and have cultivated them into varying levels of my success. And I’m still not done nor satisfied with their outcome just yet, but I will continue to believe in them until it’s time to give them up. Oh yeah, I’m still dreaming. And when one dream doesn’t work out or leaves me dissatisfied, guess what? I dream another dream.
Yesterday I traveled down to Boca Raton, Florida to meet with an executive in the motivational speaking industry. She is President of her own company and she forms and places speakers of all industries. I’ve done some speaking over the years, some of which I had video taped. I’ve never had representation for this field, so when I had the opportunity to meet with this executive, I was ready and was not afraid to show her all of my material. Why not? What’s the worst thing she could have said to me? “You’re not for us?” Okay, then on to the next one who may think I am for them.
Tonight, I will be doing something for the very first time. I am the color commentator on a local TV station for a live Arena Football League game, right here in Jacksonville. I have never done it before, but when I was asked if I would be interested, I said yes. Am I scared? No. Not one bit. I believe in my abilities and have done my homework for the game. I say, Bring it on!
The point of this post is that you can never be afraid to try. You can never be afraid to take that chance. So, what if it doesn’t work out. Maybe something else will come out of it. In football, we were always told, “the more you can do.” The more versatile you were the more valued you were to the team. Same in business and in life.
I know it’s not easy for a lot of people out there right now. But, let’s get creative. Let’s think of something else that we can do to give ourselves an additional opportunity to succeed. Sure, it will take hard work, but I always believe that anything worth anything is going to take a whole lot of something!
You can do it. Expand your horizons a bit, round yourself out a little more. And never be afraid to take that chance. You never know what it can bring you.
All the best!