Opportunities Exist in Seemingly Vacant Spaces

On Thursday, March 4, 2010, the Greater Omaha Young Professionals, once again hosted the Young Professionals Summit.  Listening the to the speakers like Patricia Martin, Blake Mycoskie, and William Taylor made me remember that opportunities arise out of many seemingly vacant spaces.  Seeing opportunity where others do not is what can set you apart from the rest of the competition.  Are you a person who can develop new value proposition for yourself or your company?  Can you create the future from the unknown?  Do you see blue oceans or can you only see the here and now?

I feel enthusiastic about the fact that we are now in a renaissance of our culture and our times.  We no longer believe that things need to be done just as they have been in the past.  We are creatives.  We are innovators.  We are no bound by tradition or the common “that’s just the way it is.”

Opportunities abound…from a small Argentinean coffee shop to Omaha, Nebraska.  Opportunities are there – can you see them?  Blake Mycoskie, founder and chief shoe giver of TOMS Shoes saw an opportunity and took a leap of faith to make it happen.  Tom’s Shoes sells shoes one for one – For every pair that you buy, one pair is given to someone in need.  How cool is that…Mixing business with philanthropy to find a sustainable solution to a major health and social issue.

Athena Ramos, Tamicka Bradley, and Blake Mycoskie at the Young Professionals Summit in Omaha, Nebraska on March 4, 2010

Anything is possible with the right mentality.  There must be a higher purpose to the things that we do.  If not, what’s the point of doing them.  Live your live and drive your business with passion!

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