If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity, but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later. #Richard Branson
The story I’m sharing here carries a lesson about opportunity awaits me before I have what it takes for the role. Some of you may be in a similar place, and I hope it will encourage you to seize the opportunity, say yes – then learn how to do it later.
It was in November 2019, a close family friend came to me, and he offered me a friendly loan – no interest and deadline of paying him back. Part of the deal was, he will mentor me in business (of course, a legitimate one).
I remember telling him that I have zero knowledge and know-how. Nevertheless, I’m very eager to learn the business. So the following few days, he transferred the sum into my account, and without any delay, I started a new business venture.
To cut the story short, between November, which was the month I started the business, to February slightly before the travel ban due to COVID-19, the business sales reached an average of $30,000. That’s an average of $7,500 per month.
How do you like making that sum without any knowledge about the business? What would be the keys?
Now, as I look back, I identify four crucial traits of this lesson.
The 4 traits that help me through a new business venture
1: Trustworthy relationship
My friendship with my family friend. He offered to mentor, and loan me the sum of money because of a many years relationship. We have known each other and have established trust. Opportunities frequently attached to the covenant between you and people you commonly in touch.
The element of faith when I accepted his offer. I remember that day when he and the wife met me with this news. I nearly fell off my chair because it was too good to be true. I had a mixed feeling of excitement and fear—fear of inadequacy. So I intentionally switched my energy to faith. I made a decision to trust the Lord and put on a learning mind.
3: Positive learning attitude
When opportunities come knocking, and I know I have zero knowledge in that field, one of the most vital things to do is learn. I instantly raised my learning attitude. I went to my mentor as frequently as our schedule would sync. Eagerness to learn fusses energy, and it brings a significant amount of joy to my mentor. I know this feeling because I am a mentor. When my protégés have high energy and initiative to learn, I will run as fast with them.
4: Enjoyment and be thankful
The last trait I would like to share for today is enjoyment and be thankful. The moment I said yes, and as soon as the business opened, a new type of pressures and challenges came in a package. I have to solve problems after problems. Regardless of these issues, I found great joy and satisfaction every day. Finding pleasure in doing what you put your hand in or solving problems is, no doubt, a decision. I could either feel upset or choose to have gratitude in the middle of trials and tests.
What could you do better if an opportunity comes knocking on your door? Would you say, yes or postpone the offer?
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