Back when I used to work in sales, I was trained to apply the 8 Great Work Habits everyday on the job. My coworkers treated them like the sacred scripture of the business world. One of them is "Recognize Opportunity." I was trained to open my mind and eyes to every and any opportunity and seize it at once.
Even though I'm no longer in sales, this lesson applies in every profession and in this thing we call life. It's a lesson that's stuck with me ever since.
I've found that reaching out and taking the opportunities in front of me isn't the hard part, it's recognizing the signs of opportunity. In Think & Grow Rich (1937), Napoleon Hill describes opportunity as a trickster. "It has a sly habit of slipping in by the back door, and often it comes disguised in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat. Perhaps this is why so many fail to recognize opportunity." (Hill 1937)
I've been told many times by many people that a key life skill is being able to take obstacles and turn them into opportunities for growth. It's a skill I'm still in the process of perfecting (who knows how long that will take).
It seems to me that no matter how much I've grown so far, I still have much more room to grow. It's what makes life an exciting adventure.
Hill, Napoleon. "Introduction." Think & grow rich: original edition. Miami, FL.: BN Publishing, 2007. 3. Print.