Optimizing Opportunities- 4 tips to make the most of any situation

It is impossible to avoid challenges and difficult situations. In fact, these can often present the best opportunities for us to grow if we learn to positively spin them. Here are four tips for turning any situation into a golden opportunity:

1. Don’t get tunnel vision

In life you are constantly being told to slow down and take a look around; and this also applies to the professional environment. It can be easy to fall into a pattern when you are doing the same thing for a long time. Fight that urge! Be constantly looking for new methods, new venues, new platforms, new anything. If you stick to only what you know, your end results will be similarly predictable.

2. Challenge yourself

Even if a project seems too difficult or is unfamiliar, go for it. In an industry where you are under pressure to perform (and what industry isn’t), failure is a daunting concept. But if you still think being afraid to fail is an excuse for inaction, you obviously haven’t been spending enough time on inspirational Pinterest boards.

3. Step outside of your comfort zone

Stepping out of your comfort zone is also essential. Don’t just stick to projects that you’re already great at, take on work that you don’t normally do and put your own unique spin on it. Even better: get involved in an interdepartmental project where you will need to utilize skills that you don’t normally use or haven’t acquired yet. Not only will you be learning something new, but you will also be increasing your value as a flexible and well-rounded employee. In today’s society, having a holistic skill set is increasingly important.

4. Network, network, network!

The people you meet, whether colleagues or acquaintances, are one of your greatest resources. The importance of good connections cannot be over-emphasized. Having incredible individual talent won’t help you go all the way if you aren’t able to find an environment and a group of people who will help foster that talent and allow it to bloom. It’s not always about making the “best” connections, it’s about allowing others who are more experienced help you find your way and succeed. Most people are perfectly willing to pass along a resume or make an introduction, so don’t miss out by being too shy to ask.