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“Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.” – Ann Landers.

Every relationship has the potential to open a door of positive opportunity.

Opportunity can be a big word to some people, for others it can be a terrifying word because it means they may have to step outside of their comfort zone.

I believe relationships are the foundation for opportunity, even if they are disguised as hard work. It may be hard work to build in the beginning or to keep the relationship going. However, I have found that nearly every time, hard work pays off. Relationships, whether they are personal or professional determine whether or not you want to create opportunities.

For me, opportunity means I might get to meet someone new and learn how I can help them. Personally, I love networking, building relationships, and helping people. If I cannot help them directly, I do everything in my power to find them what they need.

One of my favorite examples of a door that opened for me is when I had the opportunity to join the Women’s Presidents Organization. Marla Noel, a chapter leader within the WPO, invited me to lunch after we connected on LinkedIn. She asked me to join her women’s professional group. I met with a group of amazing women, who were professionals in a variety of industries, and I loved them!  I now have a tribe of powerhouse women in my corner!

Most people often have a desire to help those who are willing to seek help and ask questions. If you are eagerly seeking opportunities for growth, find yourself mentors, and listen to their advice. By surrounding yourself with the right people, you will begin to feel more confident in who you are and be encouraged to grow both personally and professionally. I encourage you to also ask questions, and then ask more questions. Never be afraid to take no for an answer and keep going anyway. You are here for YOUR passions and purpose, keep going!