“There’s always an opportunity to upgrade your opportunities!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
I did a little bit of construction in my basement yesterday – what do you think? It’s kind of a nice look!
I wanted a new set for my short talk in Australia last night – plus, I was filming a piece about the new innovation killer attitudes for our pandemic-era disruption world. Hence, I spent some time finding a new set, figuring out the camera angles, working on the lighting, figuring out my stage marks … all in a little 6×12 space.
Never all prey to thinking, ‘it’s that all there is?’ Particularly when it comes to your future!
You can never start believing that there are limitations on what you might accomplish, barriers that can get in the way, complexities that might challenge you. Four months ago, I was staring into the barrel of a pretty bleak future – events shutting down, absolutely no bookings on the horizon, a dismal and depressing future. I let my anger and denial guide my emotions for about a day, and then set out to work.
And each and every day is getting better and better. The studio is looking fantastic – I’ve got an inventory of stage sets that I can swap in and out for client proposals, speaker and meeting planner visits, and for filming my bits of insight. Actual, real bookings are coming in – contracts are being signed for enough virtual events to make me feel comfortable. I have refused to discount my fee as other speakers have – they can race to the bottom while I rush to the top.
On my broadcast to Australia last night, I stated to my audience that early on in this ‘thing,’ I set out to become one of the top virtual speakers in the world.
I don’t mind saying that I think I’m doing pretty good with me travels so far.
Your attitude drives your destiny. If you are reading this blog post, you might be seeking a smidgeon of motivation, a dash of inspiration and a helping of aspiration. If so, let me tell you this – opportunity is all around. You just need to bear down, work hard, explore and innovate.
Because when it seems like there isn’t any opportunity, your attitude is sometimes all you’ve got!