Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Delray Beach, FL – If you’re smart, hardworking and persistent, you’ve got what it takes to be successful at any career you choose. But as you climb the ladder, you’re likely to face a problem they don’t talk about in business schools: too many attractive opportunities.
For 90+% of the population, this is a problem that will never arise. But you – you are in the top 10%. And the farther you travel down the road of success, the more opportunities will come your way.
I’ve heard this complaint from good people I’ve mentored for years. Just recently, GR, an up-and-coming copywriter, put it this way:
As one becomes successful, it seems more and more opportunities present themselves. It’s tempting to want to go after every single one of them.
So how do you spot the opportunities that are right for you?
Or, how do you decide which ones to say “no” to and which ones to place your bets on?
Here’s a quick answer, the answer I gave to him…
I don’t think there is a failsafe strategy for selecting and rejecting career opportunities.
If you are a thinking person, you will recognize in every opportunity a complex assortment of costs, risks, and benefits. The most obvious of these will be financial. But there are emotional, intellectual, political, and social costs, risks, and benefits too.
If you did a matrix that included all of these variables, it would quickly become very difficult to read. And that’s one reason smart people like GR have trouble deciding which opportunities to take and which to reject.
Here’s the thing. Opportunities are inherently complicated. You can’t un-complicate them.