It is a common misconception that every opportunity presented must be taken.
As young professionals just starting out, we are taught to wait for, and grasp on to any and all opportunities presented to us. We accept promotions and new positions without a second thought. We take on big projects with a smile on our faces. We are taught to cling to every single opportunity in order to be noticed, and continually increase our sphere of influence. We are taught to accept opportunity as quickly as possible, lest we "miss our shot" and "completely throw off our future". We are taught that opportunity doesn't come knocking often, so when it does we better not miss it; because if we do miss it, we very well may not see it again for quite some time.
That is, very simply, NOT TRUE.
The older I get, and the harder I work, the more opportunities I am presented with. The more opportunities I am presented with, the more I realize that opportunity is not as rare as I once thought it was. Opportunity is, in fact, everywhere!
I hear young adults say things like: "I just can't miss this opportunity!", "What if this is my only shot?" or "I am afraid if I don't take this opportunity, another one this good won't come around again!" The formula for opportunity is simple:
Time + Hard Work = Opportunity
Listen. People are watching you. They are watching every action you make (both good and bad), and taking notes. When you work hard, when you steward your gifts and talents, and when you carry yourself with respect and integrity - then the right people will inevitably take notice. That is when the opportunities will come!
4 Important Things to Know About Opportunity
1. Certain opportunities should be taken, but not every opportunity should be taken.
2. Not everything that glitters is gold. You will have many opportunities presented to you in your lifetime. In reality, some of them may not be everything you thought they would be. You must pray and use discernment in determining which opportunities to take and which to let pass you by.
3. Even if you do choose an opportunity that doesn't end up going well, remember that God is a gracious God and can use every experience for good! Stay positive and find the silver lining. Even failure can be an opportunity in disguise.
4. As children of God, when we set out to do His will, we will see amazing opportunities present themselves at the right time – over and over again.
If you're a young professional, then you probably have a vision of yourself 10-15 years from now being some big time, influential person in your respective industry or trade. You may be wondering how you are going to get there – but don’t. Focus on what you have been given today, and work hard to steward that well. That is the best way.
The ultimate key for positioning yourself to receive more and more opportunities is found in Colossians 3:23. Check it out!
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters"
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