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hide and seek: how to find opportunities

"Opportunity is missed by most people 
because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

Thomas Edison



Opportunities are everywhere. You know this. I know this. But then why does it sometimes seem so hard to find them? So often we say we want more opportunities and, yet, we do not know where to find them. Whether you are searching for opportunities for your career or for a new relationship or for some chance to succeed, the key to finding opportunities is to realize that, much as you might want them to, they're not going to magically appear. 


As I've taken a look around, with the idea of opportunities in mind, I’ve discovered that most people are not finding opportunities because they're not looking for them. Simple, yes, but so true. Think about a game of hide-and-seek. What if you were the seeker and you decided that, instead of looking for those in hiding, you would just plop down in a comfy chair and whine, “Why can’t I find anyone? Where are they?” Certainly it would be no surprise that you didn’t find anyone if you were just sitting there complaining. And that’s what so many are doing. People everywhere are sitting in a comfy chairs and wondering why they don't have more opportunities. What we must realize is that opportunities are hiding everywhere. And it’s up to us to seek them out.


Many, as they continue to do what they've always been doing, are wondering why they haven’t come across any amazing opportunities in a miraculous twist of fate. It seems to me that sitting around wondering why opportunities aren't popping up everywhere is equivalent to, in a game of hide-and-seek, wondering why someone wouldn’t choose to hide right in front of the chair where you're sitting. eyes half-covered and counting to ten. Hiding in obvious places just isn't how the game works. Just like those hiding in a game of hide-and-seek, opportunities might be nearby, but they’re not necessarily going to be right there in your line of vision. You have to turn your head. You have to get out of your comfy chair and look around in order to find them.


While I'd certainly advise going in search of opportunities, I don't think it's a good idea to go on a search without a plan of attack. For this reason, I've developed a plan to help you find opportunities -- wherever they may be hiding. You know they’re there, hiding, waiting to be found, and it's up to you to get up and search for them. So here’s the plan…


…be open.


By being open, you will expose myself to all kinds of people. Strive to listen openly, think openly, and make choices openly. And do what you can to strive to live a limitless life, taking no ideas off the table and thinking of every experience as a potential opportunity.


…be proactive.


By being proactive, you're choosing to take the search for opportunities into your own hands. You're not waiting around for someone to grant a wish or save you. You're looking around, opening your eyes, and being active in your quest for opportunities. 


…be social.


By being social, you will engage with more types of people and increase your exposure to networking opportunities, which is a great way to find new opportunities. By attending more work events, more social functions, and more family gatherings, you'll open yourself up to opportunities that would otherwise be hidden from you.


…be watchful.


By being watchful, you are keeping a keen eye on everything, knowing that opportunities can be hiding anywhere.You never know when you might come across a clue that will lead you to the opportunity you've been waiting for. Because of this, keep my eyes and ears open always.  


…be creative.


By being creative, you're work to think of new and innovative ways to find opportunities. Certainly the internet and social connections are great ways to find opportunities, but other ways can you make opportunities for yourself? It’s possible to create them if only we put some effort into it.


…be positive.


By being positive, you'll remind myself that finding opportunities takes time. As you know, they can be very good at hiding and it's up to you to be clever and diligent in your search for them. Being positive will remind you that, no matter how long it takes, you will find them.



As I noted before, finding opportunities isn’t always easy, but it is always possible. Opportunities are everywhere. We just have to know where to look and we have to be persistent in our search. It’s a game of hide-and-seek, but there are lots and lots of opportunities hiding everywhere, making it pretty likely that, as long as you get out of your current comfortable position and have a look around, you’ll find one that's perfect for you.


How do you look for opportunities?
What suggestions would you add to the ones I mentioned?


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I just had to read what you wrote today because this is something near and dear to my heart.

I have a quote that I say and it sums up my philosophy. (Feel free to use this if you like, as long as you attribute it to me!)

Words of Wisdom
"The doors of opportunity are opening around us all the time. You have to have the vision to see what is possible on the other side and the courage to walk through them. You never know what opportunities for greatness are waiting for you."
~ Erin Prais-Hintz

I know that I wouldn't have had the opportunities I have enjoyed if I hadn't been open to their possibility. But more than that, I think that we sabotage ourselves and our abilities to act on opportunities. We get scared. We don't think that we deserve them when the Universe hands them to us. And we don't push ourselves. I am all about taking that first step through a door down a hallway with other doors and choices. The possibilities are dizzying and endless.

Thanks so much for your inspiraton today. I am now going to seek the opportunities that you reminded me are just waiting for me to be open to them.

Enjoy the day!

I often remember if I want something to "Ask!" A simple request can produce miracles and at the very least move you to your next step. Great post! And it's very timely.

This was a great post.

I don't have much to add, but I want to co-sign on the "social" aspect. The influence the people you know is invaluable - not just in terms of finding opportunities, but securing them as well.

Erin - Thank you so much for your wonderful, heartfelt comment. I really appreciate you sharing that quote with me. It was perfect for this post! I'm also of the belief that a lot of people have the tendency to sabotage their chance for opportunities because they don't realize that they are deserving of the options presented to them. It's so important to realize that we are given opportunities so often and it is up to us to take them and make the most of them.

Tess - Great, simple advice. When you want something, the best and quickest way to get it is to ask. It might seem simple, but it really is something that people forget about and I'm glad you brought it up in your comment. I'm definitely going to keep this is mind the next time I'm seeking something.

Tara Melissa - Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed the post and I'm also glad you highlighted my point about being social. As you said, it's not only a great way to find opportunities, but it's a great way to secure opportunities. Great comment. Thanks!

that's a very useful post, especially when the person feels like he is stuck, keep up the good work :)

Love this! This is a great "how to" that can apply to all of us. And thank you for giving examples beyond the "be xxx" Sometimes I retreat when I'm stuck, but I know that being social is the way to start kickstarting the positive energy and get the ball rolling back to where it should be!

Farouk - I'm happy to hear that you found the post useful. I hope this post helps those who feel as though they are stuck in a rut. Though it may not seem like it, there are opportunities everywhere.

Laura - Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed this post and the examples I provided. Being social is one of the best ways to find opportunities -- though it can sometimes seems like the most difficult when you find yourself in a rut!

OMG that Thomas Edison quote is so bang on! I love it!

This is a great post that helped me look inside and reflect on myself. I agree, I liked the Edison quote too.

Derrick - It was definitely a perfect one for this post. Glad you liked it!

Lynsey - I'm happy that this post caused you to reflect. :) And I'm also glad you liked the Edison quote. As I said to Derrick, it seemed like the perfect quote for this post.

I like be watchful ... it reminds me to work on my powers of observation as a skill.

J.D. - That's a very good point. Being watchful and paying attention helps us to work on our observation skills -- which helps us to live more in the present moment too.

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