Opportunity makers

Have you ever been given boost along your career path by an opportunity maker?

Kare Anderson describes what she means by “opportunity maker” in this TED Talk. Essentially, an opportunity maker is a person who makes connections between diverse groups of people, and often knows “just the right person” to call on when a new project is getting started.

I like the point Kare makes about the need for making connections between social circles to enable opportunities. I wonder about the tendency for community structures, social media, and media outlets to promote “echo chambers” in which people only ever interact with people just like themselves.

Suddenly, I find myself with this song in my head. “Who are the people in your neighborhood?”

Also, I love this quote, which Kare attributes to RE/MAX founder Dave Liniger:

You can’t succeed coming to the potluck with only a fork.

It wasn’t mentioned in the talk, but I think people can act as their own opportunity makers, too, when they take chances and make efforts to connect with new groups of people.

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