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AC Podcast: Opportunity

by | The Accidental Creative

Something is only really an opportunity if you’re poised to take advantage of it. Today we discuss what a coyote and Billy Joel have to do with your future.


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Todd Henry

Todd Henry

Positioning himself as an “arms dealer for the creative revolution”, Todd Henry teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of five books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, Herding Tigers, The Motivation Code) which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work.

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    It makes me feel old having you call yourself old. Which is weird!
    The problem I am having right now is knowing what I want my opportunity to be. What is my Road Runner?
    This is a constant struggle and because of this issue, I take on way too many projects at once. I end up in a situation where I am trying to prepare for several opportunities at once making it hard to actually get fully prepared to crush any of them if they appear.
    I assume this is a common problem with creative people, but wonder if anyone has any solutions that could help me.

  2. Tony V.

    Enjoying the podcasts. I did want to comment on this one though. I think it’s an important point you make, about preparedness, but I do wonder where stepping out of your comfort zone comes into play in knowing or believing an opportunity is right for us. I have passed on many opportunities feeling I wasn’t ready, but then thought was it really just a fear of stepping out of my comfort zone that gave me that sense of unreadiness?

    Isn’t it possible that being afraid of stepping out of your comfort zone might keep you from knowing you can handle the opportunity coming to you? It seems so often in the past, distant past it feels, one would go for it ready or not and would learn as they go.

    I think one thing we lose in these times is the willingness of businesses to let people grow into their jobs. It seems to me that so many artists/designers in decades past would just struggle and learn on the job and naturally improve often enough just from doing it day in and day out. There wasn’t such a pressure to be fully developed in our skills when coming into an opportunity as it is nowadays.

    I do want to thank you for these podcasts.I find them a continual source of inspiration and food for thought.

    • Todd Henry

      Yes – I agree that it’s very possible to stay squarely in your comfort zone and never take a chance. This isn’t really what I wanted to convey, so sorry if there was confusion.
      I was more trying to speak to the desire to leap at opportunity without having laid the groundwork/context for taking advantage of it. It’s more about the danger of taking shortcuts than about staying in your comfort zone. Sorry if this wasn’t clear.

      • Tony v

        Thank you for clarifying.

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