I write often about opportunities.
Everywhere you go – life is full of opportunities.
It is said, every individual is presented an opportunity of a lifetime once every two weeks. The problem? They simply do not recognize it.
The other day while traveling, I was in the airport watching my Packers go 0-1 to the 49ers. While watching I noticed a man, because of his attire, I knew was a University of South Dakota football coach.
As the game was near its end, he got up but before he took off for his gat he started chit-chatting with us, and perhaps, because of my build; he knew I once played football.
He openly offered me a GA (Graduate Assistant) opportunity for next year. Because of the many projects I am involved in I told him now is not the time (And I believe I would only coach under my former college coach).
He gave me his card and I gave him mine. He said to stay in touch.
I thought to myself, “Why? What made him stop by our table, talk to me, and offer me a GA position, on spot, at a decent FCS program; without even knowing me?”
Although I do not see myself becoming a GA anytime soon, I feel there was more to that meeting. I will be staying in touch with this coach, who knows, it could be one of these unrecognized opportunities.
For the last few years I have learned to keep my antennae up. Knowing that no matter how hard I focus on it, many opportunities will still go unrecognized, unexplored; but I want to capture as many of them as I can.
Have you ever ran into and started chit-chatting with a stranger? Probably many times. I am willing to bet, if you asked to stay in touch with half of those people, a great opportunity would have already came out of it.
So I challenge you, as I challenge myself, to stay connected to people who happen to fall into your life at random places, at random times; because that person could be a door opening to your dreams, your purpose for life.