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When Opportunity Knocks, Answer The Door

when opportunity knocks door hand handleDon’t you love when you come across a great opportunity? Feels great when you capitalize on those opportunities, right? Now, think about those opportunities that you missed because you weren’t prepared. Feels like crap when you miss an opportunity like that, doesn’t it? My point here is that opportunities are only beneficial if you are prepared to take action, because an opportunity is only great if you act upon it.

In the last couple weeks, I’ve had a couple great opportunities, neither of which I was completely prepared for.

In my last post, I mentioned that I used to do some graphic design work for fun in high school. Recently, I’ve been wanting to try some professional graphic design work to earn some extra cash. Well, one of my fellow classmates was looking for a graphic designer to design a logo for his startup business. Not long after he posted his request, I told him I could help. The next night, I stopped by his work to discuss his design ideas. While I jumped on the opportunity, I was far from prepared. Most graphic design work is done in Photoshop, a computer program that costs about $1,000 for the basic version. I actually have Photoshop 7 on my parent’s computer at my parent’s house from about 7 years ago, but instead of going there, I downloaded a 30-day trial version of Photoshop CS5 onto my HP Mini Netbook (because my real computer died about a year ago). Unfortunately, CS5 is quite different from the Photoshop 7 I was used to and needless to say, my Photoshop skills were a bit rusty. So the design work that I told my Fiancé would take me a couple hours actually took all weekend and I didn’t even finish it all on time.

Another opportunity I was completely unprepared for was my interview with Kade Dworkin. This interview was a great opportunity for me to get my name out there and promote my personal brand. I mentioned in my post about the interview that I had no idea we were going to do an interview until I was on the Skype call with Kade. My intentions were good, as I made the effort to thank him for talking with our class and then accepting the opportunity to speak with him privately, but intent is useless if you aren’t prepared. I ended the call with Kade that night wishing I would have asked what we were going to talk about ahead of time so I could have been more prepared. Although the interview went well, I think it could have been better had I been more prepared.

Preparation is one of the main themes behind Professional Diversification. While losing your job isn’t exactly a great opportunity, it is an opportunity to find something better. Like people always say, “when one door closes, another one opens.” Use it as an opportunity to find a career that you’d rather be doing. I know we’ve all sat in our chairs at work and thought, “Man, I’d rather be…” Well, I’m telling you right now, you have to be prepared to be that person.

What kinds of opportunities have you missed recently because you weren’t prepared? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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