Do You Embrace New Opportunities?

Working on yourself with purpose will lead to great things. Waiting for things to happen will only lead to exactly what you already have. What would you rather have?

When you start to put into action the principles you are learning, you will be working on yourself with purpose and taking action. Then you will start to see opportunities coming up that you MUST EMBRACE – EVEN IF YOU’RE SCARED.

Building relationships with new people and building your network will also lead to many more opportunities. You will find that people who you don’t know in your organisation will start to either talk to you or talk about you as you increase your influence. So again, embrace it.

Increasing your influence and building relationships will not happen overnight, it does take hard work. Personal growth is a lifelong journey, it is not an event or something that just happens once.


You need to put the effort in when applying and then practicing the principles in this post. But, don’t get discouraged and NEVER GIVE UP. Keep working at it, and you will start to see the benefits. I promise you, things will start to change for the better, just believe in the process.

What I am sharing in this post are principles that I have applied to my own life by taking action on them. They are not principles that I have read about, or have been taught and not done anything with. These are principles that I have worked on for the last twenty years of my life, and I am still taking action on them right now.

Twenty years sounds like a long time, but it isn’t. I need to keep practicing, taking action and learning more about leadership I need to continue building trust and increasing my influence every day for the rest of my life.

1. Are You Applying What You Are Learning In Your Own Life?

You have decided to do the same, so start applying the same principles in this post, and take action. When you take action every day, you will also be learning every day too. You will be learning about leadership, building trust, increasing your influence and many other things. While you are doing that, the opportunities will come to you.

If you keep taking action every day and making sacrifices, then eventually these principles will become habits. When that happens you will start to practice them almost automatically. In fact, it will feel strange one day if you don’t work on yourself at all, as it will be uncomfortable for you.

Remember, make sacrifices today, so that your personal growth and your influence will increase in the future. If you have the will and desire to make sacrifices then your opportunities and relationship building will continue to grow too.

Always bring people with you on the journey. Everything you learn each day, please share with your team mates, your boss and other people within your organisation. Share with your friends and family too, especially any younger people.

When the learning flows from you into others and you see them doing better, that will in turn help you to keep doing better too.

2. How Much Do You Believe In Yourself?

In the future if you ever meet me, I want to learn from you just as much as you learn from me. I want you to take me on your journey, which is why I wrote this post. I want to share what I have learned with as many people as possible, and I in turn want to learn from them.

I have the belief that you can change. I have the belief that you can improve. I have the belief that you can increase your influence. I have the belief that you can become the best person that you can be. I have the belief that you can be a highly effective leader.

How much do you believe in yourself? How much are you willing to sacrifice? How much are you willing to risk? How much are you willing to step out of your comfort zone? How much are you willing to fail?

Not being afraid to fail is very difficult to grasp. But, it is something that we all have to do in life. Failing is how we learn. Just NEVER GIVE UP!

If you give up, then you have failed. If you don’t give up and keep trying, then eventually you will succeed. DO NOT GIVE UP!

3. How Do You Use Failure?

All the way through our lives, we have failed at things. When we were babies we couldn’t talk, we could just make noises. Then after a couple of years, after failing to say specific words, we eventually did start talking. Then after another year or two we could talk perfectly well like anybody else.

Nobody taught us really, we just listened, tried, failed, listened, tried, failed, listened, tried, and failed, until we could talk. Our parents supported us and tried to help but we learned all on our own.

When you are learning how to lead and increase your influence in your team, it is exactly the same. You will learn, try, fail, learn, try, fail, learn, try, and fail, until something works for you. Then you go through the process again. It is all trial and error, and the important thing is to NEVER GIVE UP!

You will come across obstacles on your journey, and some will be tough to overcome. The biggest obstacle that I came across, and still come across is myself. That is why I work on myself every day, to try to decrease the obstacle.

Try to think of every obstacle as an opportunity to learn. Whether that obstacle is you or from something/somebody else. Remember, EMBRACE NEW OPPORTUNITIES – EVEN IF YOU’RE SCARED.

You should be very proud of yourself that you have come this far, I am very proud of you. I know lots of “leaders” who won’t read a leadership book because they don’t think they have to. When actually, they need to read one more than anyone else I have met.

4. What Do You Think Is Your Responsibility?

With the knowledge you now have on leadership and influence, it is your responsibility to take action. It is your responsibility to practice and share what you have learned. Treat it as an obligation, do your best to make it work, and things will happen for you and your team.

If you have found this post valuable, then please encourage others to read it too. Forward this post onto your team, and encourage your boss to read it. If you forward this on to your team, it will show them that you believe in them and that they have the potential to go from average team members to excellent team members.

To increase your influence with your boss and the other bosses within the organisation, tell them what you have learned and what your plan for your personal growth is.


Tell them where you want to be in the next 5 years, and share with them how you are going to strive towards that 5 year target. Encourage others within your organisation to share leadership principles with their teams.

I want to help you build a great career and become a leader not only within your team, but also in your industry, and throughout your life. We work in a world of business that needs more excellent team members and highly effective leaders. That is where you come in.

It would be great to hear your thoughts on how this post has helped you on your leadership journey, and also how you are progressing with increasing your influence. I would love for you to leave a comment.

Believe in yourself enough to take a risk! To create the future you want, you must ensure that it is not the same as your past.

I welcome hearing how this post has influenced the way you think, the way you lead, or the results you have achieved because of what you’ve learned in it. Please feel free to share your thoughts with me by commenting below.

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All the best,

Tom (Lead, Grow, Influence)

16 thoughts on “Do You Embrace New Opportunities?

  1. I love your article and I love your principles. I share your view on learning from each other and Don’t give up. Thank you for sharing your life wisdom.

    1. Hi Janicke,

      Thank you for your comment. Really appreciate it.

      Learning from each other is very important, but it is even more important to not give up. Too many people throughout the world give up on their dreams and what’s important to them far to often.

      Thanks again and all the best,


  2. It is an excellent and informative post on self-development.
    I like the way you pinpoint the words, ” Nobody will create opportunities for you; you have to go get them.”
    It is a perfect motivational post for those who have doubted their abilities to attain their goals.

    Thank you so much for sharing,

    1. Hi Lyn,

      Thank you for your comment.

      I used to be one of those people who waited for opportunities to come to me. But I realised later in life that it was up to me to create opportunities for myself. It is now a dream of mine to help others to do the same.

      Never give up on your goals and dreams and keep creating.

      All the best to you,


  3. What an informative post, its true that nobody will create an opportunity for you but you must pave your own way. The one other issue in human race that we need to work on it is fear, mostly we lose our chance or opportunity because of fear. Thanks for the very encouraging post.

    1. Hey Lucky,

      Thank you for your comment.

      I am really pleased that you found the post valuable. Fear is one of the most difficult obstacles we must overcome in our lives. It takes a lot of time to overcome but we cannot give up.

      We cannot wait for others to provide us with opportunity either, we need to create them ourselves. Just like you have said.

      Keep up the great work, and all the best,


  4. Hi

    I completely agree with you ” personal growth is a life long journey”. I definitely need to be applying some of these principle to my own life. Thanks for this post

    1. Hi Kedia,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Really pleased you found the post valuable. Personal growth is definitely a lifelong journey, and one that we must travel down for our whole lives.

      Do not give up and all the best,


  5. I really enjoyed your article, I have to agree you live and learn and fail. One thing is to never give up. Keep moving forward. I need to add some of these to my life. Thank you for a great post.

    1. Hi Kay,

      Thank you for your comment. Really pleased you found the post valuable.

      That’s right, learn, fail, and try again. But, never give up. That is the right attitude you have, so keep it going.

      Keep moving forward and if you need any further motivation or help then please come back.

      All the best,


  6. Wow so inspirational, I’m nearly inspired enough to go clean my house now! Sometimes you’ve just got to keep reiterating the same thoughts again and again and reinforce the concept.

    1. Hi Sharon,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m really pleased you found the post valuable.

      I hope your house is gleaming when you have cleaned it 🙂

      Keep being inspired and if you need anymore then don’t hesitate to return back.

      All the best,


  7. Love this article, so true learning from one another and not giving up plays a major part in ones life ! There is so much inspiration in this article.

    1. Hi Kristina,

      Thank you for your kind comment.

      So pleased you found inspiration from this post. Not giving up is the hardest but most important thing, and I have given up plenty of times and regretted it. Regret is the worst feeling in the world for me. So do not give up.

      Please come back for more inspiration.

      All the best,


  8. There are many important principles in this article that can be applied to life, inside or outside the leadership dynamic.

    The call to never give up is so important, and your personal example of continued determination to grow exemplifies it.

    Thank you for your encouragement

    Kenneth James Kerr

    1. Hi Kenneth,

      Thank you for your comment, and thank you for your encouragement too.

      You are right, the principles I write about can be applied in any walk of life, not just leadership. Not giving up is very important, as I have given up too many times in my life. I don’t want to feel that regret anymore and I want to help others to avoid that feeling too.

      Thanks again for your kind words, and all the best to you.

      Look forward to further engagement.


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