Please don’t wait for inspiration to strike; sometimes, you have to make it happen to rekindle your creativity. I have used the following 5 actions that you can take advantage of to reignite that spark and help to create new opportunities for yourself.
Have a string of projects that fail to push your boundaries? Simply fighting burnout and need something to inspire you? How do you add that spark back to get you to the next exciting opportunity? The simple answer is to leverage your passion and create your opportunities!
Learn Something Cutting Edge
Business is always changing, and with it, new opportunities will present themselves. Where is the company going? What are the corporate goals and scorecard metrics? Are there new technologies or areas that you find interesting to get in on the ground floor?
Become the expert, be a source for others, and that will put you first in line for opportunities generated. You have a basket of skills that should be producing a body of work that shows what you can do.
I always thought it best that when ever I could add to my basket of skills, it is there for me to pull from at a later time.
What is the Sales & Marketing Area’s Focus?
The best way to identify what new opportunities are available is to look at what the sales and marketing groups are focused on.
Are there opportunities for you to help out in different ways? Create a demo, presentation, find a need they have that you can use to create something new. Update some existing documentation or sales material that might cover an older version.
When the deal comes in, you will be the one they look to deliver if you help out.
Identify a Pain Point Customers Have
If you go to the online forums at your company or internal email lists, you will find a great source of opportunities to contribute (aka issues and pain points).
Having extra hands solving problems gives you the chance to do something new, create a new opportunity or add to your product or solution.
Your coworkers sometimes have projects or need an assist, a good assist will generate. This also raises your profile and gets your name around.
Opportunities for Community Involvement
You have skills, and those skills can benefit the community—volunteer to help a non-profit or other community organization that can benefit from your talent.
Not only are you creating your opportunity, but giving back to the community that needs it. Reach out to your local non-profits. Most are looking for volunteers, and there any many looking for people with the skills you have.
I always try to give back to the tech community who has taught me so much for example. Either blogging, speaking or training, someone is always looking for help.
Never Hurts Helping a Fellow Employee
Helping your fellow employees should always be one of your first options. Helping another employee gets your name around and increases your exposure to other areas of the organization. But really, helping someone else can go along way to rekindle your inspiration.
Show people what you can do. The number of times I have been offered opportunities from people I helped out has made for some very successful years.
A good number of opportunities I get are by a coworker coming up to me and asking if I can help them out. I have picked up new engagements because someone knew me as the “Data Guy” or a reference from someone I helped. I firmly believe that a good deed never goes unrewarded.
The Key !!!!
The key is to use your passion to create something impactful that you enjoy. You probably don’t have a great deal of extra time, so the key is to do something related to your job, which can lead to opening up new opportunities.
These are some key points I have learned over the years that have helped reignite the passion I have looked for inspiration during those times. I am sure they will help you also. Message back to me with ways you keep inspired when times are slow.