Did you ever think that maybe opportunity was waiting for you to knock on its door? In his 15 Habits series, Jeff Goins emphasizes two crucial elements to pursuing our God-given gifts and abilities in this world. They are:
1. Choose yourself.
2. Make a big ask (filed under "earn patrons").
Let me tell you about a time I did both, and it worked.
When I was a senior in college, the education majors were called to a meeting about student teaching placements. The prof running the meeting told us there was one opportunity for a pair of student teachers to work together in an outdoor education program at a local state park. My ears perked up. What a cool placement, I thought. I knew without a doubt I wanted that opportunity, and I wanted it badly. The more he talked about it, the more I wanted it. The professor told us it would be a lottery drawing of names for those of us who were interested, so after the meeting I grabbed my unsuspecting roomate, made her fill out an entry form along with mine (because hey, she had the car to get us there) and dropped both our names in the basket.
He said he'd be choosing the winners soon.
That wasn't good enough for me. I had to have this placement.
Every day after that meeting, I made time to stop by the prof's office to let him know how interested my roomate and I were in those outdoor ed spots. I asked him if he'd chosen the winning students. "No, not yet" was his reply. I did this day after day after day. Around the fifth day, I stopped by as usual, told him (again) how much we wanted to do this, and I'll never forget what he did. He turned his chair, looked me square in the eye and said, "You know what? You've been in here every day asking me about this position. You are the only student who has shown that kind of interest and enthusiasm. I've just made my decision. Those spots are yours. Enjoy."
Sitting here writing this, I still remember the exhilaration I felt as I left his office for the final time that day.
Now I realize what I'd been doing.
I'd been choosing myself and making a big ask.
And it worked.
I've recently done another big ask. I'll tell you about it on Monday.
If you've not done something bold or brazen yet, I encourage you to do so. Make time to do it this weekend. You must put yourself out there; you have nothing to lose. And quite possibly a whole lot to gain.
When you've made your big ask, or if you have a big ask you'd like to share, leave a comment below. One random commenter will be chosen to win a free copy of Seth Godin's The Dip . The winner will be announced on Monday!
Have a great weekend. And go out on a limb. I'll see ya there.