Opportunity knocks but once.
This proverb implies that when an opportunity is presented, you must act quickly or you will not get another chance. The truth is, opportunity rarely knocks. Instead, it comes across your path disguised as a risk.
Most of us are risk avoiders. We crave safety and security. We feel safe in our “comfort zone.” It takes effort to move out of this zone and take a risk.
Risk involves the potential for loss. In risking, we may lose something we value:
- Our comfort
- Our money
- Our reputation
- Our connections
- Our social status
- Our sense of significance
We are hard wired to avoid risk. Scientific studies show that the pain of loss is almost twice as great as the reward of gain.
Most opportunities come when take a step that involves risk. In his new book on risking titled Living a Life of Yes, David Rupert writes:
“We often wait around waiting for God to open doors. While ‘I’m waiting around for Him to show me what to do next’ sound spiritual, it really limits your opportunities to experience what He has in store for you.”
Are you waiting for opportunity to knock? Are you sitting around waiting for your big break? Maybe you hope that a journalist, radio host, or organization is going to stumble upon your amazing blog article, book, or social media post and ask to interview you or invite you to speak. Maybe you are waiting for that “perfect” opportunity to promote your book.
Here’s the hard truth: The knock is not coming. Instead, you must venture forth and take a risk to find it. What risk do you need to take to find opportunities to promote and market your book? Do you need to:
- Start blogging, podcasting, or live-streaming videos?
- Start contacting podcast and radio shows to request a guest interview?
- Start asking people to endorse or review your book?
- Start creating a budget for some paid advertising and marketing?
- Start asking local bookstores to host a book signing for you?
- Start asking local schools to host you for an author appearance?
After all, book sales don’t just happen. They take work and involve risk. Opportunity rarely knocks.
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