I recently attended our annual scholarship reception. It was a beautiful thing. All of the awardees shared their hopes and their dreams. It was great to be in a place filled with such promise. The awardees were ready when opportunity came knocking this year. They filled out all of the necessary scholarship paperwork. I’m sure it wasn’t fun to complete the paperwork, but it was just something that had to be done. They were making a plan for their future. They knew which school they wanted to attend and what they wanted to study. They wanted to grab that brass ring and they don’t mind a little financial help in order to it.
The awardees took advantage of the opportunity when they RSVP “YES!” to theinvitation to the annual scholarship reception. You never know who is going to be in attendance at an even or who you are going to meet once you are there. This year, the awardees got to mix and mingle with the President & CEO, & Chief People Officer and all of the District Managers and make connections with them.
These folks took advantage of an opportunity just by doing a great job. The scholarships were awarded, partially, based on their bosses’ recommendations. Basically, the scholarship winners had to be skillfully performing their jobs and getting along with their fellow team members. They also had to have good grades as well as be involved in their community.
Here is my advice to you. Get out there and take advantage of an opportunity! Meet and connect with as many folks as you can. You never know how you can help them or how they can help you. Be smart and take advantage of networking opportunities as often as possible.