At some point in the Work Less, Make More journey, you’ll realize that you really do have it all. You have love. You have money. You have time. And you have opportunities. That’s because the more successful you are, the more opportunities are attracted to you.
So what do you do with them all?
Opportunities are wonderful. They allow us to change and grow. They allow us to move on to the next best thing. But sometimes when things really get rolling the sheer volume of opportunities can be overwhelming. You have to learn to make the most of some, while letting others fall by the wayside. Sometimes that can be tough. It’s hard to turn down an opportunity. But as enticing as an opportunity may seem, it won’t do you any good if it leads you down a path that doesn’t serve you.
A friend of mine was telling me about her friend Stephen, who started a company that makes snowboards. Within ten years, Stephen had turned his one-man operation into a multimillion dollar business with 300 employees and an international presence. Was Stephen bombarded with opportunities? You bet. Within a year he had partnered with several winter resort areas to promote snowboarding, and had developed a program for at-risk kids with another company. Both of these ventures introduced what he loved, snowboarding, to a wider variety of people. Stephen’s company was wildly successful and was getting tons of press in the media. He attracted a lot of attention. And a lot of opportunities.
At one point Stephen was approached by a sneaker company that was interested in forming a joint-venture. Stephen knew he sneaker market was huge and there was tons of potential for his company to make more money. It was an opportunity he didn’t want to let pass.
Several years later, Stephen was frustrated and thinking of selling his entire business. The shoe company he had started was taking up all his time, and it wasn’t doing well. In an effort to try to keep the sneaker part of his business afloat, he was spending lots of time away from his snowboard business, which as a result wasn’t doing as well as it had in the past. “I don’t know what I’m doing,” he told my friend. “I know nothing about sneakers. I don’t even wear them. Yet day in and day out, it seems they’re all I think about. I miss the days when I was just running a snowboard company!”
What went wrong? Stephen had jumped at an opportunity without considering whether it was right for him. Sure, he had considered the chances of it being a financial success, but he hadn’t thought too much about whether he would enjoy the opportunity, and whether it was in line with his vision.
Don’t feel like you have to jump at every opportunity that comes along. Think about each opportunity carefully, and take only those that factor into your overall goal of living your best life.