Opportunity does not come to you, you must go to it. It can be found in some very undesirable places. Sometimes it may be hard to recognize but, it is there. With determination and the right motivation, you can find opportunity almost anywhere.
A very important step in recognizing opportunity, is to put together a plan. Think about what you would like to accomplish. Do you want to satisfy immediate, or fulfill your life's dream? Write your plan down on paper, so that it can be easily referred back to. Also, a written plan will help you to stay encouraged when the trials of everyday life cause you to become sidetracked.
After you have written your plan, you should list some goals that you will need to achieve in order to accomplish your plan. As you progress in accomplishing your goals, your will begin to recognize opportunity, as it presents itself.
A good way to recognize opportunity, is to think about the dream that you have for your life. What do you want to accomplish in your life? Maybe you want to become famous, become an actor. Maybe you want to work for the government. Your dream might be to one day fly the space shuttle. Why not? If you can dream, it you can live it.
Another great way to recognize opportunity, is to pattern yourself after people who have gone before. Those who have had similar interests, and have been successful in them. Study their successes and their trials. learn from them. A lot of these people have written memoirs for people for people to follow after, to give advise to those people who want to build on the successes that they have realized in their lifetime.
Perhaps you have a dream to someday operate your own business. At present you are working a tedious 9-5 job. You are tired of the boss breathing down your neck. Tired of fighting rush hour traffic, and spending most of your free time driving back and forth to work. Your stress level would be greatly reduced, if you could work from home, instead.
Well, why not? If your boss can run his own business, than why can not you, right? In which case, your plan would be to quit your dead-end job and become a business owner. To become self-employed. Your goals for this plan would be to begin at a part-time and to transition from your regular job into your own business. You will need to get your business up and running to a level that will provide sufficient income to support your family, as well as providing capital to operate your business. Once these goals have been achieved, you will finally be able to leave the rush hour traffic behind.
However, as you begin to implement your plan, you may want to be careful and not become rude to your boss. He might be impressed with your initiative to strike out on your own, and offer you tips on starting your business. Also, he might become an asset, and give you some referrals. If your business coincides with his, he might be might be willing to do business with you. These can all become excellent opportunities for you.
Do something now, rather than later. The sooner you get started, the better. Putting off your dreams will only prolong the results of what you have set out to achieve. As you accomplish some of the goals that coincide with the plan that you have for your life, further opportunities will present themselves, as well as becoming easier to recognize.
It is a highly competitive world, as you well know. You might wonder how you could ever compete in it. Do not sell yourself short. The world is yours for the taking. Go get it. You have as much of a chance at succeeding in it as anyone else. Do not let anything stop you from getting your part of it. If you can dream it, than you can live it. Stand up and go to your opportunities.
Like it is said, a thousand mile journey begins with the first step. The journey will not be won, until you step out. Take that first step. Then take the second, and so on. Keep stepping, and after a while, you will look back and realize that you are well on your way to success and to living the life that you used to only dream of living.