I used to think about traveling the world and visiting places most people only see on TV. For a long time, I’d forgotten about that dream because I was caught up in things that prevented me from enjoying my life the way I always wanted. I want to continue to be in business because that’s part of who I am. But I realize that there are other sides of me that want to explore, experience and do more in life… as we all do.
It’s interesting how we get caught up in life and forget about the things we always dreamed of doing. And oftentimes, when an opportunity presents itself to experience something we’ve always wanted, we pass on it because we’re so used to our routine, or we’re somehow unable because of our day to day obligations… and it leaves us feeling stuck or unsatisfied.
I don’t make resolutions because I don’t believe in them, but this year I’m moving towards a business that will enable me to travel and move around more… for both business and pleasure. I don’t know exactly what that business is yet, but I know it will present itself to me sometime this year as I am finally ready for it.
Interestingly, every business that I’ve ever had in the past has just come to me. The idea popped into my head one day and I miraculously had the resources to pursue it. And each business prepared me for the next. When I started my trucking company, for instance, I was working for a manufacturing company coordinating logistics. (I’d also done local residential moving and tried cross country as well but didn’t like it.)
Then, one day it occurred to me how simple, yet profitable trucking was. I thought to myself “I can do this!” I bought a truck with my credit card and was in business in a few months. What made it easy was that I had already made connections in the industry, so some of my contacts provided me with business to get started. And from there the business grew without much effort on my part.
So many people think it’s difficult to move from where they are to where they want to be. It may not always be easy, but I can assure you that it is possible if you’re serious about it. When you know what you want and you believe you can have it, opportunities tend to magically present themselves… at least in my experience.
One key to taking advantage of opportunities is to be aware and looking for them because they’re always around you. You might see a billboard or TV commercial that gives you an idea. You may hear someone’s conversation that sparks a thought. Or, as with me, you may just have people calling you that outright suggest and/or offer it to you!
As an example, just recently I had a friend call me because he wanted to introduce me to one of his associates in another part of the state. We talked on the phone that same day and started doing business immediately. It was the best deal I’d had since we started moving servers for Facebook back in 2009. (Coincidently, I’d just been talking about how I was ready for new business.)
Another key to finding opportunities is to talk to people. This is essential because almost every opportunity you have will come through other people. Why? Because the people you know, know people that you don’t. And if nobody knows you’re looking for an opportunity, you can be sure that nobody will offer you one. So, be sure to tell everyone you know what you’re looking for, or that you’re looking to do something new and/ or different.
Finally, and I mentioned this earlier, you have to believe that new things are possible for you. If you don’t believe it, you won’t be looking for opportunities, you won’t talk to people, and you’ll continue doing the same things you’ve been doing. And because of the law of Cause and Effect, you’ll keep getting the same results you’ve always gotten!
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