If you occasionally ask yourself “What if I were to do XYZ?”, then you didn’t take an advantage of a potential opportunity. I hated to be that person that could never say no. I would always say yes whenever anyone asked me for a favor. But come to think of it, you should always say YES whenever it comes to an opportunity that can help your personal growth. I will never forget the time I had a potential opportunity and I was loosing sleep because I kept thinking “What if!?”
This past summer, my family and I went to vacation at Washington D.C. Before we got our night started, my sister and I wanted to lay out by the pool to get some Vitamin D. Never would I have ever thought that I would overhear conversations that could lead to a potential opportunity… Or maybe a potential internship or career…. There were a few mid-twenties women chilling in the pool talking about their careers…. At Edelman PR, which is known as a huge Public Relations Firm. I was listening to their conversations about how much they have enjoyed Edelman and how they all landed a big job coming out of undergrad. I was talking to my sister Erika about how awesome it would be to potentially work at a Public Relations Firm as big as Edelman. Erika kept telling me to strike a conversation with them because you never know where the conversation could lead you. Side note: If anyone knows me well, I am not a shy person. I am literally one of the most outgoing people you could ever met. I am always that person in the grocery line that likes to talk to anyone and everyone that surrounds me… Back to reality: But at that very moment, I couldn’t find the courage to talk to these young professional women. I was afraid they wouldn’t take me seriously and that I was “butting in” their conversations. I kept thinking and thinking of what exactly to say to them… It ended up being too late whenever they all packed up their belongings and headed back to their rooms…. That very moment was a potential opportunity and since that day, I always asked myself “What if I made conversation with those women? Would they have given me information that could lead to an internship in DC!?!?” Since that very day, I make sure to live life not asking myself “What if?” and to always step out of my comfort zone.
Since then, I try my best to take on any opportunity that comes my way and to passionately smash every expectation. I hated myself for not striking a conversation with those girls in D.C. because it could have taken me somewhere… But I now apply myself to any leadership opportunity that comes my way, I look for internship opportunities at companies I never thought I would have a chance at and I tell myself to be confident in myself because I will never make it anywhere if I keep telling myself I am not good enough.
Consider my experience to be a lesson learned for you: don’t live life asking “What if?” and instead, live life by taking advantage of any kind opportunity that comes your way. You never know where it can take you in life.