Fully Alive By Dan Miller
In the Bible we read the well-known parable of the talents. The poor guy who buried his talent to just save the original amount was given a harsh reprimand from the Master. We know that the meaning of “talent” goes beyond just money. Each of us has been given some measure of goods in multiple areas of our lives. No one is left empty-handed. And like the parable in the Bible – if we are idle in an area – that talent remains undeveloped. Is it possible that rather than sitting in “salt water” you are actually right on top of your greatest opportunity as well? Let me assure you that as we hear about layoffs, recessions and economic downturns, there are opportunities all around us. Business is not declining and opportunities are not diminishing. However, they are most surely changing. We have seen subtle changes as we have moved from the Agricultural Age to the Industrial Age to the Technological Age to the Information Age and now to the Idea Age. But just as we have seen transitions from production work to knowledge work, we are now moving into an era that embraces “high concept” and “high touch” models of work. In place of the left-brain skills that were so important in the recent Information Age, we are seeing empathy, caring relationships, storytelling and compassion as the defining characteristics of those who are prospering today.
A couple of years ago I talked to a guy after a seminar who had a landscape design and lawn care business. He complained bitterly about lack of access to working capital, the stupid customers who didn’t know what they wanted and then weren’t happy with the final plan, and their slowness in paying. A couple of weeks later he called me to tell me he had filed bankruptcy that morning and was closing his business. That same afternoon I happened to talk to my lawn care guy. He started his business with a sixth-grade education, bought his first truck for $600 cash and has grown his business carefully. He told me how he had just raised his prices 10% and did not lose even one customer – how his customers give him great ideas. One had just offered to build a warehouse for him in exchange for future lawn care – and he wanted my advice on maybe having four apartments built in the upper floor of that building that he could rent out to his own workers. Both of these businessmen were operating right here in Williamson County, Tennessee – both had the same market conditions, the same customer pool and the same opportunity. Yet one was going bankrupt and one was thriving and expanding. These stories and thousands of others like them make it pretty clear – opportunity is not an external thing – it’s an internal thing. Opportunity is something that exists or does not – between our own two ears.
The apostle Paul told the Galatians: “Let every man prove his own work.” The Living Bible gives this passage a particularly colorful translation: “Let everyone be sure that he is doing his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work well done and won’t need to compare himself with someone else” (Gal. 6:3-4).
Is your Opportunity “nowhere?” Or is your Opportunity “now here?”
OPPORTUNITY IS NOWHERE
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but as I look around I see that “opportunity is nowhere.” Companies are closing, people are being laid off, jobs are being outsourced, immigrants are taking all the good jobs, the economy is bad, the terrorists are taking over the world, and the sky is falling.
But wait. Maybe I misread that opening line. In looking at it again, I see that “opportunity is now here!” Ah yes, companies are desperately looking for good people, any job that embraces compassion and caring can’t be outsourced, starting your own business has never been easier, venture capitalists are looking for good ideas for their money, many jobs now allow us to be productive into our seventies and eighties, we are still the greatest country in the world, opportunities for social entrepreneurship are exploding, and the possibilities for actually doing work you love have never been greater.
Do you know how fine that line is between seeing “no where” and “now here”? Do you think the world is getting better, or are you convinced humanity will obliterate itself in your lifetime? Do you expect a little extra bonus in your check each week, or are you anticipating getting your walking papers? Do you think people are basically good or evil? Do you avoid setting goals so you won’t be disappointed? Do you see opportunities everywhere, or do you see that opportunity is “nowhere”? It’s basically a choice. We ultimately end up pretty much where our expectations lead us. What you have in your heart and mind becomes your experience.
Financial: Get Work by Networking
By Dave Ramsey
Who you know can be just as important as what you know You may be skilled at some trade and be able to do it well, but jobs may be hard to come by.
In fact, it’s well documented that the want ads in your local newspaper only represent about 15% of available jobs. If you go to an employment agency, that number isn’t much different. Around 80% of positions that become available are never advertised, because they are filled before they need to be. So how do you find those jobs? You find them by building a network.
The Benefits of Networking
Networking involves meeting people who work in the career that you want to get into. These are the people who know about the unadvertised positions available with a company. By getting to know them (as they get to know you) and then asking every so often if work is available, your chances of finding a job increase dramatically, for a few reasons.
For one, if you are the only person who knows about a job, and the potential employer knows you are qualified and persistent in asking about it, they may not even bother to advertise it, so you won’t have to compete for the job with other applicants. Also, your chances of getting a response from the company are better since they know you. When jobs are advertised in the paper, many times the employer asks applicants not to call. However, if a boss knows you and is expecting your call, he/she will be more willing to talk to you and discuss employment.
If you are interested in a particular field of work, start meeting people in that field. For example, if you want to get into a job writing for the local newspaper, call or go by their headquarters and introduce yourself. Ask to take someone who works there out to lunch and get to know them. Find out the best way to get involved in that career and stay in touch with that person. Ask if you may contact them periodically to learn if there is a position open with that company. The better you get to know someone, and the more persistent (not nagging) you are, the more likely they will let you know when something becomes available.
Don’t just pick one business or organization and network with them. Shop around and make contacts with several companies. One place may not have an opening, but the competitor down the street may be looking for someone.
Once you land the job, you know what to do next. Work hard, make a budget and save money, save money and save more money!
Enough of the money games. Ask yourself this question. Would you ever buy the product you are promoting if there was NOT an opportunity attached to it? 99% of the times the answer is no. Stop being an MLM junkie and jumper. Stick with a legit publicly traded company that is FTC compliant ( all direct sales big ticket items are now NOT! if you are not following the new FTC guidelines) Build with a winner and get results like you deserve.
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Here’s to your SUCCESS!