There’s a difference between an opportunity and an opening.
While pondering a change of employment lately, I realized these three things:
An opportunity pushes you to grow.
An opening just lets you continue being as you are.
An opportunity pushes you to do new things.
An opening just lets you continue doing the same-old tasks and projects.
An opportunity pushes you to take risks.
An opening just lets you play safe.
Either way, whether you choose to pursue the opportunity or the opening, there will be stress. Stress is an inevitable part of life – in fact it is proof of life. Living means moving and adapting. Moving and adapting means change. Change means stress. So, in terms of stress, you have no choice. A stress-free life simple doesn’t exist.
However, you can choose the source of your stress. Personally, I’d rather have to handle the stress of taking risks and trying new things that will contribute to reaffirming the person I am becoming, as opposed to coping with the stress of having to face the same challenges I faced as a former self. It would be counterproductive to my personal development. Kind of like doing high school all over again!
Did I leave my job then? No, for two reasons. First of all, my current position offers me new challenges continuously as the adults I teach present me with an ever-shifting kaleidoscope of needs and situations.
Secondly, my job leaves me time to pursue post-grad courses in leadership development and collective innovation.
What about you? What key differences do you see between an opportunity and an opening? I’m intrigued to hear them. Drop me a line in the Comments section to tell me about it.
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