Finding Your Way When There’s No Compass

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Finding Your Way When There’s No Compass

While life doesn’t come with an instruction manual, there are some clear indications of what to do and where to go, for those who know how to identify opportunities. Whether it’s a job opening in the neighbor city or an exciting, new business idea; chances are all around you.

They guide you towards fulfilling your potential. But recognizing opportunities takes practice. For a start, they rarely come announced. An opening is like a ghost; everyone has heard about it, but nobody has actually seen the real thing. Therefore, you need to trust your inner compass to spot a change in direction and sail to success.



Things might not go as planned, and it’s okay

Did you know that the biggest successes have started in failures? Indeed, many entrepreneurs can tell you the tales of their numerous rejection and mistakes before they finally made their success happen. The secret to push through the rejection is to see it for what it truly is. It’s not the end of your journey.

A rejection indicates a change of direction.Think of J.K. Rowling. No less than 12 publishers rejected the original Harry Potter pitch before Bloomsbury finally accepted it. She doesn’t mention how many literary agents have rejected her manuscript; however, she has always been candid about her hard times selling her ideas while trying to make ends meet. But today, Rowling is a success. There’s no secret; she kept pushing and asking new people until she finally found the right contact to the fiction market. Learn from Rowling and never let rejection be the end of your dreams.


Finding clues in a variety of places

Opportunities might be invisible to the untrained eye, but there are plenty of insights you can use for inspiration. For instance, the Chinese New Year horoscope might provide clues as to where to focus your efforts or what dangers to avoid.

While it might not provide you with a detailed list of opportunities, it can give you the hints you need to recognize them. There’s nothing wrong with consulting your superstitious beliefs too when you’re looking for direction. Some people also like tarot card readings, for instance. Think of these as a source of inspiration which you can use to build your success.


Try out something new until you figure out who you are

Not knowing what you want or who you are makes you blind to opportunities. As an adult, it can be tricky to reconnect with your passion, especially if you feel overwhelmed by a hectic lifestyle. But taking the time to find a hobby can help you to tap into your inner strength and provide new insights to your perception of life.


Find someone who can act as an advisor

Last, but not least, remember that you are never alone. If you’re feeling lost in the business world, you can find yourself a mentor to support your progress. There are professional advisors to help you to tackle most areas of your life; make the most of their knowledge!


Where do I go now?

It’s a question that leaves most people wondering whether they’ve missed their chance. But you haven’t. Learn to identify opportunities by changing your perception of rejection, looking for clues in unexpected places, digging deep into your soul and finding expert advisors.

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Jamie Sorenson

Jamie Sorenson is a freelance writer with a Masters in Communications from Quinnipiac. An inspiring screenplay writer, Jamie freelances for many media outlets.