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Chance Opportunity and Gauging Your Risk

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What about chance opportunity? The opportunity that presents itself, or you create, yet there is risk involved. Should you take it?

People often wait for the opportunity of a lifetime. They nestle in, they coast, they cruise, and they wait.

They may wait for the lottery, a marriage proposal, or a job with a salary that changes everything.

Life is full of risk. Error on the side of caution is often the advice. It may not be bad advice and it also may not be good advice.

Your chance opportunity is going to require some risk.

Will you take that chance?

Chance Opportunity

You have a chance to close a big sale but it requires a lot of unusual effort. You’re busy and can pick some other low-hanging fruit, but those opportunities are with lower revenue-producing clients. Do you put in the unusual effort or stay where it is safe and comfortable?

The product development team at your job needs a new design. There is both a stall and a void in the marketplace and you have an idea. Bringing the idea forward will require you to approach the CEO with some very unconventional strategies. You risk being labeled as crazy or seeking to break organizational norms. Should you speak up?

An unexpected job offer lands on your plate. It is a big change and you’ve been committed to your current endeavor for a long time. It will change your daily routine greatly, but your family would benefit from the additional income. Stay or go?

Lessening the risk is sometimes possible. It is also often a gamble, a negotiation of sorts, and a wrong move might weaken or completely sour the deal.

You’re never going to have zero risk.

It’s true that most cases of big rewards come with even bigger risks. Taking risk lightly is not the solution. Frozen in fear isn’t a good idea either.

This may be your only chance. Are you willing to risk the loss of the opportunity? Have you calculated what that costs?

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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Leaving Your Career to Chance

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So many people are hustling to build their reputation, stand out, and improve their career. Many people are in search of opportunities, or better yet, creating some. Are you leaving your career to chance?

It’s a smart move to put effort into your career. If you are career focused chances are good that you spend well over 2,000 hours per year working on it. The hard pushers might spend more than 3,000 hours.

Career conscious individuals are also probably allocating at least 1% of their time on continuing education. Some will spend much more. They’re learning, growing, and adapting through training, coaching, or even just reading. Do these smart hustlers leave their career to chance?

Career to Chance

Your chance of a lifetime might come today, or it might be tomorrow. Actually, when you’re really focused you can make nearly any day the chance of a lifetime.

Many people work really hard preparing for the big meeting, the deal locking client engagement, or exploring opportunities with a prospective employer. All of that hard work is critical and important. It makes you prepared and conditions you for what you expect to happen next.

The truth is that your next chance, the chance of your lifetime, might just pop-up out of nowhere. Those chances happen when you are open and receptive to change. They happen when you are ready and able to embrace that next challenge.

Pink Volkswagens

A good friend once asked me, “How many pink Volkswagens have you seen?”

Many of you reading this might know this story, but I’ll bust open the plot for you. It is that likely you haven’t noticed many, but now that you are looking, you’ll see more.

At least there always that chance.

Your Next Chance

Be on the lookout for your next chance. Be conscious of your next moves. Get prepared.

Consider who you’ll reach out to or what relationships you’ll discover and build. Think about who can you inspire or who might inspire you?

Make the connections, find new leads. Build a system. Present ideas and transform efforts.

Leaving your career to chance?

Your chance might be right now.

– DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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