A simple hello could lead to a million things

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I've always leaned into opportunities. I've someone who always say YES to invitations that come my way and work hard to open doors for myself and those around me.

Hence why I've always loved this Richard Branson quote:

“If someone offers you an Amazing opportunity and you're not sure you can do it, say Yes - then learn how to do it later.”

So throughout my years of hustling, what I've found is this:

Love the work, do the work

If you're like me, opportunities don't just fall into your lap. It takes a lot of hard work to get doors opening, so embrace it, love what you do and enjoy the journey. Opportunities will come when the time is right and loving the work will make them arrive just that little bit faster.

Be open to opportunities in all shapes and sizes

Maybe you're working towards one particular goal and it hasn't quite happened (yet!) but something else arises instead. Take it, seize it, be ok that you haven't accomplished that big hairy goal and be grateful for the other opportunity that arose out of the blue.

Opportunities come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes we are so blinded by working hard to open one particular door that we ignore the smaller opportunities that happen around us. Be open to all that comes your way.

You are your own best seller

So many times I talk to entrepreneurs who are scared of public speaking or of 'selling' their product or service. I get it - it is scary standing in front of a crowd of people talking about something you have been pouring your heart, soul and bank account into for the past year. But at the end of the day, YOU are the person who has created the product/service, YOU are the one who knows it inside out, YOU are the best person to sell it.

Whether you are looking for opportunities for your business or yourself, you have to do the work. No one is going to sell you better than you.

A simple hello could lead to a million things

This is another of my favorite quotes and I believe fully in it's magic. You never know where a chance encounter might lead you. Which is why I also lean into random coffee dates, spontaneous tickets to networking events, and saying hello to strangers. Because you never know where that hello could lead... an opportunity might be waiting for you just around the corner!

How do you find opportunities?

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Nicola Jones-Crossley