A couple of days ago I shared a positive message that was contained in an image on Facebook. The person who gave the message was Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock (if you watch wrestling) and this was that message:

"When you walk up to opportunity's door, don't knock it... Kick that b***h in, smile and introduce yourself."

Opportunity Center
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The one word exception, I thought that was a pretty positive statement, motivational, telling all of us not to shy away from taking chances when they're presented to us. So many people do that because taking chances can be scary; I get it but don't always accept it.

I was feeling pretty good and smug about the share, as a lot of people came by to appreciate it. But one guy who stopped by said this to me:

"Mitch. ... You have their attention after walking over the door and introducing yourself. .... What will you be saying next?"

I was stuck. Truthfully, I didn't have a good response to the question. I knew that I would give my name, but after that?

It's an important question to think about because, as the famous line goes, we only get one chance to make a good first impression. If a big opportunity came my way, is giving my name the best I've got?

Of course I did give it some thought. My first thought was that it would depend on what the opportunity was, who was presenting it, and which of my many endeavors I'd be asked to work upon. Part of that is true; after all, accepting a health care project involves different things than a leadership project, and there's some differences between a writing gig and a speaking gig.

But those are dodges. Truth be told, most opportunities come at us and we just react to them. You get offered a promotion, you accept; you didn't try to get it (most of the time anyway), you didn't see it coming, and all you had to say was "yes" or "no".

What about those opportunities you're hoping for that no one knows you're coming for though What about that vice president position at another company that you know you're qualified for but you're not on anyone's radar? What about trying to sell an organization uniforms your company makes that you've just heard of when you haven't even been thought of?

Or what if the question isn't are you ready for opportunity as much as are you prepared for either good or bad things that might come your way? Are you ready to answer that one? What would it take for you to start seeing these things in your mind and working on being prepared for when it does come your way, because it always comes your way, good or bad?

Maybe this video? 🙂