I saw a quote recently from musician Bruno Mars. It said “You can’t knock on opportunity’s door and not be ready.”
That quote got me thinking.
The more I thought, the more I wondered where I stood on it? Am I ready for the opportunities should they arise? Will I even recognize the opportunity if/when it presents itself?
All I could come up with for an answer was… I think so.
The more we put in the work creating, following our creative passion, the better prepared we are for those moments when an opportunity is extended to us. We may not feel totally comfortable, it could be a step outside of our comfort zone, but at the heart of it we are prepared. As long as we can get out of our heads and out of our own way.
Too often we stop trusting ourselves and our instincts. Instead we let our brains kick in to overdrive, overthinking, over-analyzing the situation, until we paralyze ourselves.
If we trust ourselves, we’ll be ready.
That brings me to the second point. How brilliant is that subtle mind shift?
We have been conditioned to believe that if we put in the work, opportunities will present themselves to us. But if you look closer at his quote, he’s saying that WE as creators, need to be the ones to do the knocking.
It’s up to US to seek out the opportunities, rather than hope they will find us.
Now, the trick I suppose, is becoming adept at spotting potential opportunities from a distance in order to find the door that needs to be knocked on.
It’s this area of his quote that has tripped me up the most.
I suspect it might have you asking the same questions. Such as, how in the world will I know if something has potential for actual opportunity versus just being a self inflicted distraction that is actually leading nowhere?
Ok, that might be a little specific. But it’s where my mind immediately wants to go.
I’d love to ask Bruno Mars his thoughts on that, get his advice there.
But since I can’t do that I’ll say this.
How do we know if it’s an actual opportunity or just a distraction?
We don’t. That’s why it’s important to keep working. Keep preparing yourself. Continue to learn and grow as you create. Enjoy the process for what it is.
Most importantly. Just keep knocking on doors. Don’t overthink it. Treat EVERYTHING as a possible opportunity. But don’t knock on the door if you feel like you can’t handle the outcome just yet. That’s a topic for another time, but for now…
Just. Keep. Working.
Just. Keep. Knocking.