Most of the time, I have to work hard to reach my goals. Nothing seems to come easy. In fact, it’s often an uphill struggle.
Every once in a while, however, this pattern breaks. Out of the blue, an opportunity presents itself. Often, it presents itself as a challenge. It would take me out of my comfort zone to accept it.
I love these challenges. They have proven to be my greatest opportunities to evolve and improve myself. This is how I ended up co-authoring a book (which you can order here). This is how I ended up getting interviewed for a podcast. This is how I more than doubled my contracting rate in under 8 years.
For opportunities to find you, you have to be out there. Get your CV out. Connect with people, both online and offline. Every once in a while, a proposal will present itself.
Be open-minded. Consider the worst-case scenario. Is there a risk involved? Can you afford to take that risk? What is the reward? Is it worth the risk? Once you did that, you might find it makes sense to take the leap. If so – go for it!
Life is full of opportunities. We can easily cruise through it missing them all. How comfortable are you with the notion of looking back and knowing you had all these chances to do something awesome and you let them slide?
Next time you are challenged out of your comfort zone, try taking on the challenge face-on. You never know what could happen.
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