Hello, my friends.
Today, I want to talk to you about two words that sound similar. They don’t mean the same thing, but they go together like peanut butter and jelly.
What are those words? Opportunistic and Optimistic
Now opportunistic, that’s someone who takes advantage of opportunities that come their way.
And optimistic, that’s someone who looks on the bright side – the glass is half full.
You know what the two words mean. But have you ever thought about the connection between those two words?
I have not really thought about it until recently, when I was just reflecting upon the mindset required to be opportunistic. Taking advantage of opportunities starts with the expectation that opportunities are coming. If you are expecting opportunities to come, you are far more likely to be prepared for those opportunities.
Getting ready for an opportunity once it presents itself is often too late. You have to be ready at that moment.
In order for you to be prepared, you have to be optimistic. You have to believe the opportunities are going to come.
If you are pessimistic or a “realist”, as all pessimists say they are, well, there’s no sense in being prepared because those opportunities either will not come, or you won’t recognize them when they do.
The optimist fully expects the opportunities to come and therefore prepares for them.
So here’s my conclusion: optimism leads to opportunism.
You have to be an optimist before you can be opportunistic.
You have to be ready.
You have to have the mindset that gets you prepared and so you will not only see, but you will be ready to take advantage of opportunities when they come your way.
You will see opportunities while others have the very same opportunities sailing by right in front of them. Their mindset prevents them from actually seeing those opportunities until it is either too late – if they even see them at all.