Create Your Own Opportunity

Life can be full of lessons when we choose to learn.

When I worked as the secretary to the chair at the highest institution of a country, I became aware of asking myself where this job was leading me to. Long hours, political differences, multi-cultural personalities and a few other challenging experiences started to be less in line with my own values and believes. One day I had to arrange for a representation to an important meeting that was for the well being of children who suffered from a rare disease, I approached a few people who were part of the health committee of the house. Two members were out of the country, so I asked the doctor who was also a member of this committee but he belonged to the opposition party. I thought he is the best man for this job.  I approached and called. When I told him the reason for my call, the first thing out of his mouth was: “do you know I am from the opposition party? I knew that. He started being extremely rude and said a few inappropriate things which completely blew my mind. His main reason for not attending the important meeting on behalf of the house was that he was part of the opposition. He did not care about the importance of the kids. Completely in shock, I thought, Mr.W.J. from DA91, you are chosen by the people to represent them in the house. You are a doctor who has taken an oath to protect and safe lives. Here is an opportunity to make a difference for sick children, and you are refusing to attend? Immediately I light bulb went off in my head. How can a mature doctor think this way? From then onward I started looking at every single person in the house, through a different eye. This highest institution was no longer a place I could work and serve. These people had no integrity, no respect, no human values. It was time for me to choose something else. 

Having Law as my background, there was not a lot I wanted to do. This incident and a few others  had disgusted me. When looking at all my skills and talents, I spoke to my well wishers and was able to come up with the different options and directions I could explore. It was time for me to step into my own power and start creating my own opportunity. Here are my tips for you to keep in mind when creating your opportunity to your success:

Understand Who You Are – Before you start the journey of finding or creating an opportunity, you first need to know yourself on a deep level. Anything you do should come out of a sense of who you are, so that your unique skill-set can be used to the fullest extent possible. By identifying what you can offer that is also in line with your personal values, you can begin to hone what is or isn’t an opportunity for you. For example, if you are highly skilled in biology and value helping others, then a great opportunity would be to look into medical or nursing school (as opposed to becoming a graphic designer.)

To get a better sense of your unique offering, take a half-day retreat to reflect on what makes you special, what you value, and what skills you’d like to offer others.

Believe in What You Offer – power to offer those skills. Developing self-confidence can open up doors that you may not have knocked on before. By projecting this type of confidence, you encourage others to view you as an expert in your skills. If you believe in yourself, others will too.

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone – Opportunities rarely happen in your comfort zone. If an opportunity were prone to present itself where you are, then you’d already have one. Use your confidence to step outside your comfort zone and engage people and situations that will help get you to where you want to be. If you’re looking for a business partner, join local entrepreneurial meet-ups and networking events. By putting yourself out there and meeting people who will support your dream, you’re more likely to create opportunities for yourself.

Next week I will share more based on my personal life experiences. If you “believe you can, you surely will”.