When Opportunities Fade Naturally
Blogging opens up a lot of new opportunities. It’s as though you’re constantly “out” there, without really putting yourself out there. People find you; agencies, public relations professionals, editors for other publications, etc. It’s exciting, always interesting and at the same time, humbles me because I forget (sometimes) that this blog is entirely public and oh yeah, that people actually read it.
Recently, as 2010 rolled around I’ve had a few opportunities arise to contribute and write for other publications, online magazines and blogs. I never planned this but when the opportunity presented itself, I was pleasantly surprised and it hit me, “Yes, I love writing! I always have. Blogging is my medium, but I can contribute to other publications and continue my lifelong learning quest.”
Over the past few months I was negotiating a few writing opportunities that came my way – I pitched articles, negotiated and signed contracts and then sat to wait.
I will be honest, it was nerve-racking. I’m not a freelance writer, I work full-time, but I like to challenge myself. I’m almost always busy and I loved the people who had reached out. I even thought to myself, “Do I have it in me?” or “What if I fail?”
Ironically, in time, those few contacts were back in touch and it turned out, they realized they couldn’t accept any new writers or their program was changing.
I didn’t know if I should feel disappointed or laugh that they both had proactively helped create and ask for this opportunity then simultaneously weren’t able to progress forward (for a few different reasons, out of their control and to their disappointment, as well).
I then realized, these opportunities faded naturally and I was actually completely okay with that. I learned something in the process, learned what I was capable of, my fears and what I most likely, will continue to dive into for the future.
When opportunities fade naturally, it’s the best way to move on. It’s a shrug-your-shoulders situation, smile, other opportunities will come, so move on and keep in touch…
…and that’s just what I did.
Have you ever had an opportunity present itself then naturally fade away? How did you feel? How do you handle this?