To strengthen your ability to recognize opportunity, consider these suggestions:
Read books, articles, and papers on the subject. Often, searching the archives of online journals, magazines, and newsletters can yield some helpful information. For instance, read this short but useful articles on how to recognize opportunity. Ask a professional in that field out for coffee, successful people jump at the opportunity to talk about what they love to do. Also consider reading books written by or about venture capitalists. Their success hinges on their ability to identify and exploit promising business ideas. Potential titles include Venture Capital Due Diligence: A Guide to Making Smart Investment Choices and Increasing Your Portfolio Justin J. Camp. Take a self-paced online course on the subject. Do you know how much opportunity you can find in a Real Estate Courses like this one called "Look Before You Lead" a free online course about everything you should consider before taking that leap.
Online learning courses often introduce key concepts related to the topic, provide hands-on practice in related skills, and offer helpful tips and tools. Your employer may have a site license to such courses that you can access through your company's intranet. You may also be able to purchase individual CDs containing modules of interest to you, or download them from the Web for free or for a small fee.
Keep in mind, if it is to be, it's up to me.
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