was a time when I had an opportunity knock on my door
and before I had had the chance to fully explore it, I
had quickly dismissed it and decided it was not worth
I had told a dear friend about this incident, she
quickly offered some sage advice. She said "We
must go through life with an open palm so that seeds
(opportunities) are free to come and go.
Oftentimes seeds will come and land on our palm and for
whatever reason we are quick to blow them away judging
them as seeds we don't want to take root. Instead,
we should just allow the seed to sit in our open palm
and we may see that the next day it is gone on its own,
or perhaps it has begun to grow small little roots."
months ago I was confronted with such a situation.
I received a call from a recruiter for a senior level
marketing position. My first reaction was "I am
not interested. I love what I am doing and am very
fulfilled running my own business." But, then I
remembered my friend's advice and allowed myself to sit
with the seed without making any rash decisions about
accepted the opportunity to meet with the recruiter and
to casually discuss the opportunity. I found that
during our conversation, I could relate to the problems
this organization was facing and I shared many
situations both in my past corporate experience and with
my current client base that drew important
parallels. I was neither trying to "get the job"
or "dismiss it" I was simply open to the opportunity and
to the discussion.
enough, I began to see how my background was fully
aligned with the needs of this organization.
the course of the following 4-6 weeks, I saw that the
seed continued to grow roots and in turn, my interest in
the opportunity piqued. It was all a very natural
progression and I was offered the position.
in January, I will be starting a new phase in my career
progression as I take on this new position that will
continue to challenge my skill set and bring new seeds
of opportunity. As with any new opportunity, some
new doors open and others need to be closed.
a result, I have had to let some wonderful clients go in
my coaching and training business, but I know that in
the areas of leadership and branding, I will only be
able to offer more in my blog and newsletter as well as
in my speeches because I will be entering into new
situations with different challenges that will offer new
lessons that will help to add value to others.
as you enter into a new year filled with new
opportunities and challenges, remember to keep your palm
open allowing seeds to come and go, or to take root to
change the course of your life in a richer way as it has
happened to me. Don't be too quick to dismiss or
accept them, just allow the time for the right ones to
your 2013 be filled with plenty of seeds!
Laura Lopez is an
award-winning author of The
Connected and Committed Leader. She is a leadership and
branding expert who has been featured on the Today Show,
Latina Voices Smart Talk, Living Smart and Fox
In addition, her accomplishments have been
highlighted in several business periodicals
including Personal Excellence, The Long Beach
Business Journal, The Houston Chronicle, Latina
Magazine, and Central Valley Business Times. Her
articles on management and leadership are regularly seen
in Leadership Excellence.
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