Create Your Own Opportunities

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!

Stay Optimistic

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.

Take Risks

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.

Be Open-minded

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?

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16 Comments

  1. Cole, I’m finally found time to write on your post. Lately, I’m out of touch with my blogging experiences and it is a very difficult task for me to admit. Fortunately, I let it go. I would like to give you one more advise on the opportunity, it is not my directly.. I just borrowed it from Vida D. Scudder: “Creation is a better means of self-expression than possession; it is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed.” Use this time for more creating … you will be happy to know that you are using your opportunity for something only you can do!

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      That is such great advice! Thank you so much Lana!

  2. Congrats on finishing college!!! I was without a job for almost 3 months try to make it as a writer/freelancers. It did not work out as planned and now i’m back working in retail finishing up my last year of college. Blogging my heart out, I also have a dream to work from home and be a entrepreneur and I know that in due time I will. So will you, stay positive.

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      Thank you! It’s tough for sure! I’m actually looking at getting a part-time job to help ease some of the financial stress. If you work hard enough, and long enough, you’ll get there! Best of luck, and if you ever have questions feel free to email me!

  3. Great post and attitude. I was jobless for a few months after graduating from university but quickly realised that I need to create opportunities for me and go out there.

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      Thank you! Finishing school is really scary and so much is unclear. I’m still looking for work, doing a few interviews here and there, but working on my small business definitely helps. I’m so happy to hear you created opportunities for yourself!

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      Definitely! I’m always looking for more awesome people to work with and be friends with.

  4. (Ahoy! long winded comment ahead) Awesome tips! Congrats on graduating! Definitely felt the same manhole sized rut after I graduated college. I had a half-assed plan that I didn’t believe in and was just doing things to get by. But I started creating new opportunities which is has made that rut more of a small puddle. It’s there to cause a nuisance but not large enough to stop my progress. Definitely needed these tips as reminders to keep moving and creatively living. Thanks again 😀

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      Thank you! I’m glad you found my post inspiring! Graduating is so exciting, and yet it kind of sucks. There’s so much uncertainty out there. Stay positive, keeping pushing forward and you’ll get to where you want to go!

  5. I love your quote about never knowing til you try! I tweeted it! also love your take on staying positive!

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