“People often remark that I’m pretty lucky. Luck is only important in so far as getting the chance to sell yourself at the right moment. After that, you’ve got to have talent and know how to use it.” Frank Sinatra
Some people believe in luck and some people don’t. What we all believe in is opportunity and while there may not be anything you can do to improve your luck, there are plenty of things you can do to give yourself more opportunities. Here are a few things you can be doing:
One big part of creating opportunities for yourself comes from having influence. Being humble, though it may seem counterintuitive, goes a long way in building your influence. You can gain a lot more trust and interest from other people by showing your interest in them. When people trust you and are genuinely interested in what you have to say, you have influence.
Break A Sweat
If you want to create opportunities for yourself you’ll have to do some work. This doesn’t just say a lot for your character, it builds your skills-set. Having a variety of skills lets you shine in a variety of opportunities.
Trust Your Gut
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something—your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” Steve Jobs. That about covers it.
Always Be Prepared
Be ready to make a decision when opportunity presents itself. The longer you wait the farther that opportunity will get from your reach. No opportunities are made specifically for you, so don’t feel comfortable sitting on it for long.