The roots of opportunity lie in the soil of responsibility. That’s why if you want to reach your potential, you must run to responsibility.
At work, ask if you can take on something new or help out in a struggling area. Pick something that goes beyond your job description and take responsibility for its success.
At my company, I have an employee who does this. From day one he has always taken the initiative to start new things or finish old things. He’s taken on odd jobs, creative jobs, crummy jobs and mundane jobs, all the while exhibiting a great attitude. All of this “taking responsibility” has added up to new and exciting opportunities for him within our company and meaningful bumps in pay.
Many today are afraid of taking responsibility or just choose to avoid it. They instead bide their time, waiting for opportunity to knock. They wait. And wait. And wait. No one ever told them responsibility is the price of opportunity.