Do you have eyes for seeing opportunities that are around you?
In most cases, it’s take recognition of a problem before you can see opportunities that are around to apply one’s talents and experiences to solve a problem and erase the pain or give someone pleasure, like baking a New York style cheesecake.
Here are three example of people having little to no resources and were able to solve some of the problems and create new opportunities for themselves and others.
- Liter of Light – The Liter of Light project started with taking trash, an empty one liter water bottle, filling it with water, some bleach, sealing it, and putting in a shanty’s tin roof and it becomes a 50 watt solar light bulb. Turning trash into treasure, to make someone’s life prosperous. No more fires inside the home with carbon monoxide poisoning, smoke, and other health issues. Now they have FREE light all during daylight hours and can work inside out of the poor weather.
- Barefoot College – Bunker Roy started Barefoot College in India when he saw illiterate people (can’t read nor write) able to make their lives more prosperous using what they had, not what they did not have.
- Ludwick Marishane and his Dry Bath – An African teenager using an internet cafe and a dumb cell phone was able to create a product that allows people with a bare amount of effort to get clean AND improve their health. The opportunities to help others started with a teenager not wanting to take a bath.
Opportunities start with your mind’s eye
I grew up with a family attitude that “mistakes” are what you avoided, i.e. fear and not faith driven. Like spilled milk on the kitchen floor, getting muddy playing football as young boy and not tracking it into the house, or “failing a class” I just did not like or have the aptitude for, i.e. little to no talents to do it.
Talents are like having a singing voice, I was not born with one. So since I was not born with one, there is a GREAT chance I’m not going to sing professionally or make a living at it. Now others, you can tell right away that they have a natural talent, and a natural talent is defined as things that come easy for y
ou while others can’t image doing it, let alone doing it and enjoying doing it. I have come to focus on what I have talent-wise, not what I do NOT have!! That makes all the difference.
But I have grown out of that poor attitude because in order to grow, you need to have mistakes. Reading the book mindset by Dweck showed the differences between what my family “taught” me with their habits (good, better, and bad) and attitudes and what I have now come to realize.
You need to develop a growth mindset.
Or as Winston Churchill said it best:
“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
Part of me understanding a growth mindset is knowing this one question: If you could do anything, anything in the world that you could not wait to get up in the morning to do and when you want to bed you couldn’t wait to do it all over again, regardless of the money, what would you do?
Now to answer that question means you need to know what you’re good at doing. And that means having a good understanding of what are your many talents? We each have many, not just one or two, but many, and it’s up to each of us to mine them and then put them to good use helping others.
My wife and I both bought the book Strength Finder 2.0 and took the online test. It nailed what each of us loves to do. In fact, my wife is a “deliberator” and takes her time making a decision. When I asked her what she thought of the test, she said, “I’ll think about it!” I laughed at her response and she playfully hit me saying, “Stop laughing at me.” I told her that the test gave her a pretty good representation of what she’s suppose to do, which in turn gives one confidence.
When I talk with others, I give them my own quote that helps them see what opportunities are within their grasp using all of their talents.
“It’s better to do 50% of what you love than 100% of what you hate.” Kevin Cullis
When you do what you love, it isn’t work.
Now once we know what we are to do, now we’re to find someone who needs our help with what they find very difficult to do.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
Find some of the many talents you have, look for opportunities that are around you, resources, people needing help, etc. Start applying yourself to making yourself and others more prosperous.
So, what are you going to do as you grow your opportunity eyes and begin applying your talents?
Please do comment below, and tell me what your experience has been.
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An Author & Speaker, Kevin Cullis understands the difficulty of pulling together a complete business profile without a mentor, so he usurps the title and mentors you in growing a captivating, profitable, and power-driven mindset. Cullis created Fish Tank Startups Workshops to help build confidence, empower entrepreneurs, and grow Christ-Centered businesses in a fallen world through economic tough times, knowing that God’s abundance is our motivation and drive to achieve. God’s provision allows us to use our God given skills and talents to move mountains, or push the rock, to achieve God’s purpose for our lives.