--Rosamund and Benjamin Zander
I'm excited about the possibilities that 2014 may bring. Are you?
I've been reading The Start-up of You by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha. One of my favorite chapters so far has been Chapter 5: Pursue Breakout Opportunities. "Success begins with opportunities," say the authors, and an important element to discovering opportunities is curiosity. "When your eyes are open and your mind is curious, you can do things that dramatically increase your opportunity flow."
I've been teaching myself to be more receptive to differing perspectives, possibilities, and new ideas. It's been difficult because I tend to jump quickly to action and don't always allow myself enough time to explore. But I've started some new daily habits this year that are helping me tap into my curiosity and expand my thinking.
I (finally!) started reading again. I love to read and I love to find helpful tips and new ideas buried in books that I can apply to my work and life.
I've re-launched my daily practice of taking pen to paper in my journal. This is a great way for me to explore what I am learning and how I can apply what I'm reading to my life.
I'm allowing myself 5 minutes of silence after I read something interesting to see what resonates with me and where I might want to take action.
With these habits, I'm starting to make exciting new connections, which are further piquing my curiosity and opening me up to new possibilities.
Hoffman and Casnocha say that opportunities come through people. The more people you know, the more likely you will be to discover the next opportunity you want to pursue. As you increase your exposure to more people, you will learn more about your areas of interest, make new connections, and generate new ideas.
The authors recommend that we purposely put our self in situations that will increase the likelihood of meeting new people and discovering potential opportunities. When you choose to do something, and get into motion, "you are spinning a web as wide and as tall as possible in order to catch any interesting opportunities that come your way" (Hoffman & Casnocha).
This year, I am re-engaging in activities outside of my workspace. To get greater exposure to new people and even more ideas, I'll be seeking local events or conferences to attend, researching networks, associations, and clubs to find a group of like-minded people who share similar interests as me. I'll be saying yes to different things and anticipating the discovery of exciting new possibilities.
What will you focus on this year? In what ways will you tap into your curiosity and explore what's possible for you?
It's not always easy to see them, but opportunities are everywhere. This week, be curious. Explore. Keep an open mind. Look for new connections. This week, focus on what's possible!