I graduated college earlier this year. It’s been months since graduation day and I still haven’t found a job.
Not working has put a toll on my income. It sucks when you want to move forward financially in life, but aren’t making enough money to do anything significant. It sucks that I want to work in journalism but there aren’t any job openings in my city. It sucks that I can’t move to a bigger city right now where there are more opportunities. It just plain sucks!
But then I thought about something – I need to stop looking for opportunities and create my own. In a way, I already have as a freelance writer. Making money from home has been a dream of mine for years, and now that it’s starting to become my reality I feel so grateful (and terrified). My financial situation has forced me to start thinking about other ways I can create my own opportunities. You should also stop looking for opportunities and create your own, too!
Never Stop Learning
The best way to create more opportunities for yourself is to keep learning as much and as often as you can! No matter how much you know in life, you’ll still never know everything. But, when you learn more, you also open yourself up to more opportunities. I suggest taking a class or course in something that has always interested you, either in person or online. For example, I took Gina’s 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success ecourse and since then have had a blast freelance writing while making a bit of money. Next, I want to take an art class of some sort. You never know what will spark your next big idea.
Network With Awesome People
One of the best ways to create your own opportunities is to meet new people. When you meet new people you are opening yourself up to new ideas, new experiences and new opportunities. So get out there and start networking! You can join a Facebook group, participate in Twitter chats, go to a meetup or attend a networking group. One of the easiest ways to meet new people is through your friends and family, though. The next time you’re at a party or out with friends, don’t be shy!
Blog Your Heart Out
Blogging has presented a lot of amazing opportunities to a lot of people! All over the world, people’s dreams are coming true because of blogging. They’re starting businesses, getting book deals, travelling the world and living amazing lives. Blogging about something you’re passionate about is an amazing way to create your own opportunities. Through blogging alone, you’re sharing your ideas with the world and giving yourself a chance to be seen and heard. So, who knows who may just stumble across your blog? A company that wants to license your artwork? A publisher who wants you to write a book? Another entrepreneur who wants to collaborate? The possibilities are endless!
The only way you’re going to recognize an opportunity when it presents itself is if you stay optimistic. Optimistic people are more willing to take chances, because even though they know they could fail they believe in themselves. A pessimistic person might not be willing to take chances, or their negativity might even blind them to opportunities in life. If you stay positive, you’ll have an easier time creating your own opportunities.
You’ll never know if you don’t try. If you ever want to create your own opportunities, you need to be willing to take risks. When an opportunity arises you have to weigh the pros and cons and to ask yourself if it’s worth it, but in the end you can’t let fear be the judge.
Opportunities are literally every where in life no matter what your passion is. But the only way you’re going to be able to create your own opportunities is if you keep an open-mind. For example, if you want to be an artist, but you think the only way to succeed is to go to art school, then you’re going to miss out on a lot of different opportunities in life. And that can be applied to anything. There are more ways than one to succeed, but you have to be willing to keep an open-mind.
So, what are some ways you create your own opportunities?