Taking advantage of Opportunities

Taking advantage of Opportunities

In my last post, I mentioned that Uber was doing a nice little bonus in my area this week. Actually, they were doing two, but that’s not the point.

The point is I drove a LOT this week… about 10-15 hours more than I normally would have. I probably would have done even more if not for a bit of bad weather and a few too many drinks at a concert Saturday night.

I’m tired, my back hurts, and the last thing in the world I wanted to do this weekend was drive around strangers.

But I did.


Because I had the chance to get the 20% fee that Uber takes as their ‘cut’ back. All I had to do was hit 60 fares and I’d get 100% of my fares, instead of 80%.

So I drove, and drove, and drove some more.

Someone offering you an extra 20% doesn’t happen every day. So I took the opportunity.


When you see an opportunity do you take it?

Most of us will say yes (myself included). I think most of us are wrong.

When thinking about writing this article I had to take a hard look at myself. Did I really take opportunities when they came up?

Sure, I took this one with Uber. What about the ones with less obvious benefits? Those I may not be so good about, and I bet you aren’t either.

I turned down an invite to a networking group two weeks ago from my current client for marketing consulting. They are, at least for the time being, done with my help but wanted to introduce me to some other local business owners.

I didn’t go.

My reason was that I want to move away from the local business clients and work more online.

My reason was garbage.

I successfully stopped myself from even listening to what opportunities may have been there. I hamstrung myself!

So, I challenge you to look at your own business decisions. Are you hamstringing yourself? Are you taking every opportunity that you can? Are you making up reasons to limit what could potentially be?