Opportunist is a person who starts taking bath if he accidentally falls into a river. Optimist is a person who while falling from Eiffel tower says in midway “See I am not injured yet”. Aquarius
A lot of people classify “opportunists” – particularly in the workplace – as manipulative, and it brings with it many negative connotations. Opportunism is the most misunderstand yet highest-impact approach to decision-making.
What is wrong with making the best of a situation you find yourself in?
Not long ago, I read a fantastic quote by Art Linkletter: “Things turn out best, for the people who make the best of the way things turn out”. With that in mind, this week Happiness Weekly looks at how you can be an opportunist and make the best of the way things have turned out for you.
What is an opportunist?
Opportunism is “the practice of looking for and using opportunities to gain an advantage for oneself, without considering if this is fair or right,” The Oxford Dictionary. When broken down further, it can be more positively defined as someone that finds and takes advantage of opportunities.
Description of an opportunist
– Sees all current opportunities as an opportunity of a lifetime – and is tempted to take them all – they seize the moment
– Is open to everything – there’s no room for stubborn thinking or narrow minds
– Is optimistic with built-in affirmations: “good things will happen to me”, “I can overcome obstacles”, “life and people are generally good”, “I am capable of achieving my values and goals”
– Is decisive and proactive
– Is motivated by new opportunities and are often lost when an opportunity is fulfilled
– Sets goals, knows what they want, is visionary, informed and positive
– Acknowledges that outcomes may not be the result of hard work and is humble enough to know external factors may influence their outcomes
– Is flexible and adaptable to change, they view the world differently to others
– Takes action and solves problems quickly
– Has a heightened sense of awareness for themselves and the environment around them.
How you can be an opportunist
The key to being an opportunist is effective and quick problem solving skills – when an opportunity presents itself, take it! Don’t over think it.
Know what you want. Once you know what you want, you can consider how you will get it. Act assertively in getting what you want.
Be prepared. Consider the outcomes of all scenarios before you begin. Following through with something once you get somewhere is very important – always have goals to push through to after you’ve achieved a success.
Be aware. Use all situations to your advantage, don’t let minor incidents wreck your day, instead look at how you can be productive in managing your time. Expand your circle of influence and stay in touch with your connections.
Improvise. Be as creative as possible and use what you have at hand for a temporary solution.
Act quickly. Often an effective solution hinges on a speedy response. Be decisive and once a decision is made – stick to it!
Learn from your mistakes. Keep trying different ways to do things until you find a way that works for you. Similar to the quote: “I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work!”
Be positive and persistent. Build on your self-motivation skills. Consider anything that doesn’t appear to be a success as practice and keep trying. Be confident. Believe in yourself so you can make things happen! You can do, learn, or delegate just about anything.
Polish your skills. An opportunist has a great sense of timing and leverage, they’re adaptable and willing to make changes and disrupt procedures.
Be proactive. Look for new and improved ways to do things.
Be accountable. Know when to bend the rules, take responsibility, redress wrongs or explain yourself.
The problem with being an opportunist:
* Sometimes the solutions you find just won’t do the job as efficiently as you’d hope
* You may become selfish (but this is in your control).
Orison Swett Marden said: “Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.”
Being an opportunist will certainly change your perception on life. It’ll help you in making the most of all situations. What did you do recently that was opportunistic and what was the outcome?