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By Damilola Faustino

Most people dream of big opportunities coming their way. It could be the big brand that wants to partner or a new Job opening. People picture the rewards, the recognition, and the adrenaline rush of a challenge. But for so many, the big opportunities come, and they blow it. They weren’t prepared. Don’t let this happen to you. Here is how to prepare yourself for future opportunities:

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Network

Chances are that someone you know already has experience in what you desire to do. If not, it is quite possible that someone you know knows someone with experience with what you desire to do. Join groups on LinkedIn and reach out to alumni and ask for assistance.

Educate yourself

When you find something interesting, start educating yourself about it. Don’t worry if you can’t do anything about it right now. Remember, you are preparing for the future. The more you educate yourself, the more knowledgeable you will be. This can play a big role in you not losing the opportunity.

Build an opportunity fund

This means preparing a certain amount of money that you can use to take advantage of the opportunities that come your way. Don’t let opportunities slip by just because you don’t have the cash to act on it.

Be curious

Curiosity makes you eager to know more about the world out there. If you are curious, you won’t be satisfied with what you already know. You will want to know more. As a result, you will see more potential opportunities. It’s like being in a building with windows. The more windows the building has, the more you can see what’s out there.

Volunteer

Use your involvement in work projects and engagements to take on volunteer positions. Your involvement in such programs and activities serve as a great training ground for a future opportunity. Note, too, that there are times when the work you demonstrate as a volunteer gives you the exposure that creates opportunities for you.

Ignore the naysayers

When you announce that you’re looking for a new job (or even planning on finding new opportunities, there are going to be those who cheer you on and are thrilled when you succeed. Unfortunately, these people are few and far between. You may find that most people are negative and will try to squash your dreams. But if you’ve been dreaming about being a something all your life, you should without a doubt pursue your passion.

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