You only get a few opportunities, and you have to grab them aggressively when they come because even in the most favored life, they’re really rare. – Charlie Munger
How do you reach your full potential? A big part of that, I believe, is making the most of your opportunities. The more you can capitalize on the opportunities that come your way, the better off you will be. But if you don’t make the most of them or – worse – miss them altogether, you wouldn’t do well.
So how do you make the most of the opportunities?
Well, I believe that the key is being prepared. Opportunities could come anytime, even when you least expect them. Also, there is a limited window of opportunity. If you aren’t prepared, you would miss it. That’s why being prepared is essential.
Here are some tips on how to be prepared for opportunities.
1. Know What You Are Looking For
Before anything else, you need to recognize an opportunity when it comes. If you don’t recognize it as it is, you may miss it altogether.
For this, you need to know what you are looking for. You need to know what the right opportunity looks like. That way, when it shows up, you can recognize it right away.
What is your purpose in life? What would help you avoid lifetime regrets? You don’t need to have everything figured out, but you do need to know the general direction of your life. Otherwise, you could waste your time with the wrong opportunities.
2. Give Margin to Your Life
After recognizing an opportunity, you need to act on it. That means you should be able to fit it into your schedule. You also need to have the energy to take action. If your schedule is packed or you have no energy left, you may miss the window of opportunity. You can’t act fast enough to take advantage of it.
That’s why it’s important to give margin to your life. It gives you the space you need to take quick action.
3. Build a Financial Cushion
Taking advantage of an opportunity might require some financial investments. Or it might require a temporary decrease in your income. Either way, you need to have a financial cushion. Without a financial cushion, you wouldn’t be able to take action.
So learn to be content and build good personal finance habits. Do it over the long-term and you will have the financial cushion you need.
4. Learn How to Learn
Pursuing an opportunity often requires you to learn new things. The faster you learn, the better. So build a passion for lifelong learning and be an effective learner. Your goal is to become a versatilist.
5. Be Willing to Leave Your Comfort Zone
Lastly, you need to be willing to leave your comfort zone. It’s easier said than done, but it’s well worth your effort.
To help you build this willingness, realize that there are seasons in your life. What is best for you in one season might not be the best for you in the next season. With this perspective, it will be easier for you to let go of your comfort zone. Why? Because you know that something better is waiting for you!
Reaching your full potential requires you to be prepared for opportunities. The tips above can help you do just that.
Recognize the right opportunity when it comes and act fast. You will then be on your way to reaching your full potential.