Benjamin Franklin once said:
“If you do tomorrow what you do did today, you will get tomorrow what you got today”.
Do you know what that means? Simple, unless you actively hunt for opportunity, nothing is going to change. The average American increases his income by about 5% each year, and that is if we live in a world without inflation or taxes. So basically, at best, you are maintaining your current situation, although it is actually quite likely that your situation is getting worse and worse as each year goes by.
That may be fine for most people, the average people. However, as a reader of BizzVenue, hopefully you find these odds unacceptable. We need to beat the odds. We need to double our money in a year, not in twenty years. This though, and doesn’t happen by pure luck.
You must be a relentless, on a mission to hunt down opportunity just like the evil terminators try to hunt down John Connor. Opportunity is all around us, it’s everywhere. The trick is “just” to be observant enough to catch it.
Here are four tips to help you out:
- Timing – This is crucial, you must know how to plan your timing. Wait too long and the opportunity is gone. Act to fast and you may blow it. You must assess every situation carefully and act at the perfect moment. Easier said than done.
- It will work – Everyone is going to tell you it’s not going to work. Know why? Because they can’t make it work. They are too lazy, too stupid or too scared and they want to hold you back. Back in the day when BlackBerry was at the peak of its game and the world loved the QWERTY keyboard, i’m sure everyone told Steve Jobs that a touchscreen device wouldn’t work. Turns out it would work. The negative guys can’t do something themselves so they tell you you can’t do it. Ignore them. Don’t let them get into your head.
- Be ready – It won’t do you any good if you can spot an opportunity but can’t do anything to push ahead when the moment is right. Even if you have no clue about what you want to do, work on yourself. Make contacts, study, read the financial papers, read about other successful entrepreneurs. Build yourself up so that you are in a position to act once the timing is right.
- Get the last laugh – Some of your ideas will be so groundbreaking that people will laugh at you. Do not get deterred. In fact, you should view it as motivation. If people laugh at your ideas, use this as motivation to make sure that you’re the one who gets the last laugh!
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