This book provides real-world examples from leaders like Mulally and turns them into actionable, proven strategies for identifying and acting on opportunities. From the assembly line to the C-suite, Opportunity Knocking will provide both inspiration and a blueprint for achieving success by recognizing the right opportunity—and seizing it.
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In Opportunity Knocking I write there are seven steps to achieving success. I view the opportunity pyramid as meal satisfying your goals and dreams. I want you to view the seven steps as your ingredients to your recipe of success. Just like making a red sauce, the ingredients you put in will be slightly different from mine or the next person but the end product will most likely resemble the same. The strategies I have laid out in the pyramid are all the same but the way you tweak them will set you apart from the next person. When you set out to make a meal, you need to have your basic ingredients in order to make your recipe for success.
To make your opportunity pyramid you need these vital ingredients: Honesty, Courage, Passion, Focus and Knowledge. Without these your recipe will be a flop. Honesty: Why is honesty so important? Because you have to know what your good at in order to seize on an opportunity. You have to be realistic in the environment you are working in or want to work in. Knowledge Do you have the expertise to dominate and set yourself apart from the competition? How can you rise above? You need to be able to assess the needs of the market place or business and see where you can set yourself apart. Leaders never stop learning.
You learn from books, real life experience and your mistakes. Learning what you did wrong and how not to do it again is just as vital. Courage- sometimes you have to leave your comfort zone in order to succeed. WHy did they leave their jobs? You need to believe in yourself and your abilities because you know what? There are a lot of naysayers out there and you need to believe in yourself. You have to be in your corner because in the end its your reflection you see in the mirror every day. Do not live your life out of fear of pleasing others. You must live your life for you.
Passion: Passion is the zesty spice that kicks you into gear. It supports you when times are down. You need to wrap yourself in a blanket of passion. If you are not passionate about something it shows in your actions, your product. Passion is infectious. Passion people inspire others, they rally the group. Have you ever met a leader who was not passionate? Focus Keeping on task and constantly going back to your mission statement and carefully evaluating each and every opportunity to see if it makes sense is pivotal in reaching your apex of World Domination success.
If you do not keep focus, your plan of execution will be all off. You have to stay true to what you are trying to achieve. All good businesses and leaders are nimble. Remember success is a byproduct of your achievements and mistakes you need to embrace both. Just like a little dash of salt and pepper, but ingredients are needed to compliment the dish. Not many. But on the road to success there are potholes and detours on our journey. A mistake can be one of them but they are essential in the building of your pyramid to being the best you can be. How can you achieve world domination without a lesson or two?
My daughter got this fortune last night with her birthday dinner. She is eight years old. Maybe sometimes we really do need to tap into our inner child!! All of my contacts who are successful have admitted they are not perfect and have made mistakes. You know the old saying: when one door closes, another opens? For Steve Case that was what happened after he left a stable Fortune job to move to Washington DC to work for a company called, Control video. Did that deter Steve? Heck no!!! Instead of going back to a safe job,Case and a few of his team members started a new company called Quantum Computer Services in The company eventually became America Online.
If we could, we would all be billionaires!! There may be signs of things to come, but sometimes we are blinded by our passion to succeed. It is a powerful force within us. Doug Pruitt and Richard Condit. Trust or Consequences.
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