Finding opportunities for inspiration

1170722_10151803326648588_765482368_nFor a super busy multitasking person sometimes it is difficult to plan time in a hectic week or month to really invest in some personal development.  As I have a full calendar and to do list that stretch on for miles it’s easy to slip into worker mode and forget about the rest.  But the escape from the consistency of work is sometimes just what we need to get a new perspective on the same problems and a fresh approach to how we handle our jobs, family and our lives.

IMG_0034A well planned luncheon or banquet often presents a rare opportunity to combine both networking and inspiration for a go-getter.  A banquet is set up from you to have the opportunity to engage at least nine other individuals.  At the bare minimum you can quickly make an introduction and at its best a banquet seating can lead to a sincere personal relationship or powerful business opportunity.  A perfect opportunity for inspiration for me came when the National Black MBA Association’s annual convention descended on Houston.  In additional to having the ability to network with other professionals equally vested in expanding their network and knowledge, there are often exceptional speakers invited to provide some insight into their own experiences.  I attended the luncheon with Guest Speaker, Judy Smith.  Getting first-hand life lessons from someone you respect and admire can really put some of your own life challenges in perspective.  As a speaker Judy Smith did an exceptional job in demystifying the image surrounding the character in Scandal based on her life.  Her message effectively highlighted an exceptional and unexpected career path and the drive for personal success she continue to modify to this day.  It was a true reminder that opportunities are everywhere and are merely looking for the right person to identify the opportunity for what it is and be prepared to take the leap to grab for it.

The final component of finding a great opportunity is really taking the time to let the inspiration lead to action.  In the information age, inspirational stories and messages can be found almost anywhere and are read by almost everyone.  The question really becomes how to take the lesson gained through the inspiration and apply it to your life and situation.  My suggestion, do things to make the story active in your life.  While at the NBMBAA luncheon I made sure to make note of a couple of the things that really impressed me during her speech.  Nothing extensive, just a couple of notes regarding opportunities and being prepared when opportunity strikes.  This does not have to be extensive, in fact the simpler the better.  Keeping the message someplace where you can revisit (maybe even set a reminder with the message every month).  Do whatever works for you as long as it something that will remind you of the message, not just in the moment, but on a constant basis.  By boiling it down to the basics as this will allow you to make it applicable to situations in your life and really turn the inspiration into motivation to do or see something differently.

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