How to Game Opportunities Your Way

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It really is enticing to buy into some fad, secret sauce or crowd hype especially when it comes to deal making and opportunities. It feels secure to do the “right things” and rely on determinism.

That kind of thinking may have been true before the floodgates of access were opened and anyone and everyone could participate with their voice, ideas or projects. On the one hand I’m excited and root heavily for all the new participants in the marketplace. I like being able to think of something, look it up and implement it quickly if it is worthwhile. I like that I can connect with everyone and anyone quickly.

However, getting through all that noise to get attention and being someone that stands out becomes even more challenging. You get mixed in with the noise hitting everyone’s phones.

Business is a game of probabilities. You can increase your chances to make a connection, entertain an opportunity and get a deal done from habits and consistency. Here are some strategies that game opportunities your way with your consistent commitment:

  • Get on the radar. Connecting consistently and daily goes a long way to expanding touch points and opportunities. Business, ultimately, comes down to people. Make daily connections and start fanning the flame of awareness. You have so many channels – social media, email, texting, etc.
  • Show up. Share your journey, your struggles, your celebrations and your thinking. It gives people a feel for who you are, what you do and attaches a brand, a synonym to you.
  • Act first. I like to think about people I like and listen and observe what is going on in their lives. There are all these problems that everyone is trying to solve in their life. Caring enough is the start. Then sharing the resources and ideas that will help them becomes pretty fun, creative and easy. But you do have to care first.
  • Outlearn everyone. It’s hypercompetitive. There’s a lot of garbage ideas out there. Having better ideas that are specific and can be used in context for someone’s pursuits makes you stand out. Of course, you have to keep learning and make it part of your own habits. Then you have to share your learning personally.
  • Make the ask. Most people are waiting around for something to happen. You have to take the risk of proposing something that can be an immense benefit. You have to move people from their status quo to something that is worthwhile to expend the energy to meet, discuss or act on.

Gaming opportunities in a world of ridiculous noise has to come from your convictions and leadership. Nothing is stopping you from taking initiative or leading. In a sense, those that are choosing to initiate and lead have all the opportunities that their endless reach can afford. You have to stay fresh, be observant, care and put yourself and your ideas in front of your network consistently.

What new habit can you implement to create opportunities for yourself?

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