I just got off the phone with a smart dude who helped me analyze my life and business goals.
He helped me remember how important it is to stay focused.
Everyday I have new "opportunities" knocking at the door. Although most of these "opportunities" seem great and feel like they should be followed up on, they shouldn't. 9 times out of 10, the opportunity is only an opportunity to be distracted from my goals and my current progress.
One of the most successful bursts I ever had in my life was due to ignoring everyone else and focusing solely on my own growth day in and day out. It was almost as if turning people down was adding to my success.
If you're currently having success in what you do, do more of it, and be careful of the new opportunities coming your way. They could just be a huge waste of time.
I want to back this up with an example.
I used to be a recruiter for Human Resources roles. Clients would constantly ask if I could help them fill an accounting role or a sales role. Typically the roles I didn't specialize in were paying way more in commission. Stupidly, I would work on those jobs sometimes. I was chasing the dangling carrot, the big money.
The problem. I was wasting my time learning how to fill a new role and doing a pretty crappy job at it. I should have been focusing on building my candidate pipeline with more Human Resources candidates and reaching out to more companies who needed HR candidates because I could fill those roles quickly.
If I remained focused on the thing I was best at, I could probably close a couple deals in the time it would take me to close something I didn't specialize in. I started to tell myself,
"Don't see opportunity where opportunity doesn't exist"
Looking back that probably wasn't exactly the right verbiage for the idea but yea.
Don't get distracted might be better.'
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