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Want More Opportunities? Don’t Just Wait . . . Ask!

Are you familiar with the adage, “Good things come to those who wait”? While patience is indeed a virtue, waiting for “good things” is not. If you are waiting for the day when wealth and reward will suddenly flow your way, you may be waiting for a long time (or, that day may never come at all!). Don’t wait for opportunities to fall into your lap. Instead, find and create opportunities for yourself! The finish line will not move toward you; you have to move toward your goals!

Is your personal goal to have more funds-on-hand or to feel more rewarded in your work? Make a habit of finding opportunities to prove yourself, instead of waiting for someone to give them to you. Take the reins on your professional life with the help of these four strategies accepted among many success-seekers:

Ask for Feedback: Don’t wait to be offered a chance to go above and beyond in your work. Instead, give 110 percent to every task and every project. Be willing to volunteer your time and new ideas and put your positive energy into the mix. Eventually, ask your teammates for their feedback. They can help you get a better idea of where you can improve and which professional strengths you should explore further.

Ask Yourself: What goals do you want to accomplish in the next five years? Next, ask yourself how much time you are willing and able to put in every week to take yourself toward those goals. Once you have a clear sense of the direction you would like to go, you can begin pursuing opportunities, instead of waiting for them to appear. Your self-reflection can help you decide if you are happy with your current career, or if you would benefit from pursuing additional forms of work—perhaps on the side. If you are unhappy on both a personal and financial level, it may be time to create opportunities for yourself outside of your current job.

Ask Your Mentor: Want a new opportunity? Consult with your mentor. A mentor who understands what you’re going through can help answer your questions about what career moves will be best for you and your financial goals. They can even help you become an entrepreneur in your own right, where the opportunities can be vast.

Ask Your Friends: If you are trying to grow professionally or build a business, talk to your friends and peers. By offering your services and inviting feedback, you can help yourself expand, build your client base, and hone your abilities. Your friends will appreciate that you involve them and appreciate hearing about valuable services from a person they can trust! 

Learn more ways to find your path and be your own boss at the Syncis Money Blog