Undoubtedly, this week you’ll be presented with a number of opportunities. Opportunities to grow your business…to learn something new…to be better at what you do than you were the day before.
When it comes to business, some feel that hard work counts, and that learning, selling and networking are important, but that there’s a healthy dose of luck thrown in for good measure. I’m not buying it. For the most part, “luck” is simply the intersection of preparation and opportunity.
If you take a 40,000 foot, big picture view of opportunity, you’ll see that it’s often disguised as hard work. Former first lady Barbara Bush may have said it best when she stated “You just don’t luck into things as much as you’d like to think you do. You build step by step, whether it’s friendships or opportunities.”
The chamber offers a number of opportunities for you to grow your business and interact with potential clients and strengthen your relationships with current customers. This Thursday is one of our most popular Business After Hours events of the year at Old Oyster Factory. We also have Business Expo right around the corner in January as well as our Young Professionals Group and a myriad of other opportunities. Take advantage of them.
One of our members approached me at a chamber event and noted that the benefits of his chamber membership for his business were directly tied to his level of involvement. He remarked that taking the time to get involved and be part of chamber events and programs was of great benefit to him both professionally and personally. That’s our goal for every member.
Be on the lookout this week and beyond for “opportunities” disguised as challenges and hard work. You’ll be surprised at how “lucky” you become.