8 Habits that Make Great Opportunities Happen


We all know someone who seems way too lucky.  They’re always stumbling across great new jobs, coming up with new business ideas or meeting the right people.  It seems as if they’re always at the right place at the right time.

How do they do that?

It might be tempting to dismiss it all as luck.

But maybe something else is going on.


If you were to observe these people closely, you’d see that opportunities don’t just come to them; they’ve developed habits that help make them appear more frequently.

It’s about how you interact with the world that determines how many opportunities come to you.

Simply put, you don’t need more luck to make great opportunities happen, you just need the right approach.  If you want better opportunities, you need to watch these eight habits:

1. Look for challenges

How often have people discovered opportunity simply because they took up a challenge?

Businesses have been created out of challenges.  Ideas and inventions have sprouted from them.

Those who are brave enough to face their challenges also get the opportunities that go with them.

Because after you’ve overcome all the obstacles and barriers that go into the challenge, you’ll get the reward that lies on the other side.  Those who are too afraid to face them never see them realized.

2. Be sure of yourself

Believe in yourself.  Believe in your actions and everything that you do.  Build confidence in yourself that shines through to everyone around you.

There’s something about self-confidence that draws in other people.  When you have enough confidence in yourself, you’re showing the world that what you’re doing is right and that others should pay attention.

And people will start paying attention.  From there, good opportunities will start to appear.

3. Work on what you have to offer

We all have our unique skills that set us apart from everyone else.  They might be rather specific to you, but don’t discount them.

Think of who you are and what you do as important.  Work on those talents and bring out your best work and people will take notice.

Good things come to people who get noticed.  Instead of having to search out opportunities, they’ll start coming to you.

There’s a great quote by Steve Martin that says, “Be so good they can’t ignore you.”

4. Take calculated chances

The best opportunities often come with a little risk.  There’s always a chance that you’ll start something that just makes you waste your time or lose a little money.

But that’s the nature of life.

Those who seize opportunities are willing to take those chances.  They know that opportunities can be risky, but still go ahead with them.

Things may not always work, but all you need is one to make it all worth your time.  Those who are willing to take risks on opportunities realize this.

5. Imagine opportunities everywhere you look

People who can’t see opportunities tend to see things with a closed mindset.  All they see are barriers and impossibilities.

This attitude makes you  blind to opportunities even if they’re right in front of you.  Your mind will simply refuse to see them.

Those who make opportunities happen see things differently.  From their point of view, opportunities are everywhere; it’s just a matter of finding them.

It’s incredible how many more opportunities you’ll find when you just set your mind to look for them.

6. Pay attention to what’s going on around you

Curiosity is a valuable trait.  Those who take time to look at the world tend to see things others don’t.  They notice what’s happening and that makes them the first people to spot opportunity.

Look at what the world around you needs.  Ask yourself what value you can add or what niche you can fill.  Eventually you’ll see things other people overlook.

7. Make bold decisions

Taking opportunities means making decisions.

Are you going to move across the country for that new job?

Want to take the first steps towards your dreams?

Be bold with your decision-making.  Set clear goals.  Decide what achievements you want to make and when you want to make them.

Make the hard choices about what you want out of life.  Otherwise, you might just wander around without direction or purpose.

8. Build on what works

Life is a big experiment.  You try a few things – some work and some don’t.  The key is learning what works so you keep what works and ditch the rest.

Make a habit of reflecting on your actions.  Take serious time to look at yourself to see if what you’re doing is getting you any closer to your goals.

Many people attribute opportunities to luck.  But those who know see opportunities as the result of hard work and consistent change.

When you continue building up what works, you’ll start to see a lot more things going your way.

What are some habits you use to make opportunities come your way?



  written by Jenny Danger

A FORMER Yugoslavian refugee who arrived in Australia unable to speak English is now a WA finalist in the multicultural business excellence awards.

The national AusMumpreneur award is for women who run a business and are a mum, and with two-year-old twins, Cockburn’s Sanja Tesic knows all about juggling commerce and nappies.

A qualified neuro linguistic programer, she runs her own lifestyle business Blue Gerbera, focussing on empowering young adults as a transition coach.

Amazingly, Tasic arrived in WA as a refugee aged 13, unable to speak English.

As the former Yugoslavia broke apart amid the chaos of civil war, Ms Tesic’s family lost everything and they fled their hometown.

For five years the eight-year-old and her family moved dozens of times to avoid the conflict; at times cowering with strangers as bombs fell all around them.

“I would hear a plane and then I would see it,” she writes in her book Born to Bloom: From Hardship to Happiness.

“Fear cut through my existence whilst I waited for the bomb to be dropped.

“Then I would assure myself that this bomb was not close enough to kill.”

When she was 11 her father failed to come home from work and the family assumed he’d been killed in gunfire.

Four days later they saw television footage of him being arrested.

Initial elation turned to fear “when we realised he might have been shot or imprisoned after that film had been taken and we might never see him again.”

Three months later he returned emaciated, traumatised and weak, “but he was alive and he was with us again and that was all that mattered.”

The family qualified for refugee status in Australia, and Ms Tesic quickly learned English as part of the language program at Melville High School, later going to South Fremantle High School (now Fremantle College) and Notre Dame University.

“I believe we are all born to bloom, you can choose to be a victim or a victor,” Ms Tesic says.

“If you want to be a victor you need to change your mindset.”

Apart from being an easy read, Born to Bloom is a self-help book with eight lessons on getting the most out of life.

“Learning new patterns and unlearning old patterns that don’t serve you.”

The AusMumpreneur winners are announced in Sydney at the end of the month.



Food That Helps You Sleep

– mumsmakelists


For most of us motherhood equals sleepless nights AKA total exhaustion.

Sleep deserts us in pregnancy, never … it can seem at times … to be seen again.

Or at least not when our kids are small.

As soon as your child is finally sleeping well, something else crops up that requires you to be wide awake in the middle of the night.

My daughter’s current faves for dragging me up at 3am are needing to pee … the downside of dry nights!! … and nightmares.

She’s great at going back to sleep herself.Her mother meanwhile is wide awake, counting down in horror the hours until the alarm!

For most of us waking once … or even twice … in the night wouldn’t be sooo bad IF we could actually sleep easily and restfully in the first place, and then go back to sleep quickly.

So much stuff can keep us awake … caffeine, anxiety, partners snoring ..!!

But for many mums the big thing that ruins our ability to sleep is actually FOOD.

Who knew?

Poor Diet Stops Us Sleeping

The crummy, sugar laden diet that many of us slip into … hands up there! … when we’re on the run leaves us short on the six nutrients absolutely super essential to a good night’s sleep …

  • Niacin … B3
  • Panothenic Acid … B5
  • Folic Acid … B9
  • Cobalamin … B12
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium

The brilliant Bs produce the happy hormone serotonin which then creates the sleep hormone melatonin. Calcium helps you go back to sleep. And magnesium helps you stay asleep.

The great news is there are 30 foods absolutely packed with these super sleep inducing nutrients and they are easy to fit into busy mums diets as healthy snacks and quick meals.

1. Snack on Seeds & Nuts

Plonk ’em on porridge, sprinkle ’em in salads & chuck ’em in whatever you’re cooking … 🙂

  • Peanuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Cashews
  • Almonds

This little lot are chock full of B3, B5, magnesium and calcium you need for great sleep.

2. All a Bit Fishy!

Fish is quick under the grill & canned oily fish can be thrown in salads, sandwiches & pasta …

  • Tuna
  • Sardines
  • Salmon
  • Scallops
  • Shrimps

They are a great source of B3 and particularly B12.

3. Perfect Pulses

Soaking pulses is an awful fag but cans of pulses can be chucked in pasta and curry sauces and casseroles snatched from the freezer … and they’re fab tossed in salad …

  • Dried peas
  • Black eyed peas
  • Lentils
  • Garbanzo / chickpeas
  • Black beans
  • Navy / haricot beans
  • Kidney beans
  • Black beans
  • White Beans

Pulses are particularly good for B9.

4. Super Grains

If you haven’t discovered spelt four and quinoa yet, you MUST!

Spelt is fabulously rich in vitamin B3 PLUS it’s low GI, high fibre, low in gluten & helps manage cholesterol! AND it’s super yummy. Use it in baking everything from cookies to muffins.

Quinoa is an iron rich, high fibre, full protein that is high in magnesium. It’s not stricly speaking a grain but is a fab alternative to pasta, rice, cous cous etc as the base of a meal.

If you can’t find them locally you can get them from Amazon on subscribe and save.

5. Virtuous Veg

Green leafy veg are our best friends for so much and being rich in calcium and magnesium they help with sleep. But mushrooms, avocado and sweet potatoes which are high in B5 and asparagus which is high in B9 will also help …

  • Mushrooms
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Bok Choy

If you’re short on time, an avocado is a perfect dessert, baby spinach can be eaten raw in salad and broccoli, kale, bok choy & asparagus can be steamed in less than 10 minutes.

So there you have it.

30 fab foods that help you sleep even if your little ones don’t 😉

I do hope they help…


Sanja Tesic – Finalist for Multicultural Business Excellence award

ausmumpreneur Finalist!


This month I received some exciting news, I have been selected as a finalist for the ausmumpreneur awards “MULTICULTURAL BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD”.

AusMumpreneur awards are for Mums in business. Women who are creative, resilient and adaptable. The awards are designed to recognize the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family.

The process is a 2 day conference with guest speakers and the top 10 finalists are required to be interviewed by a panel of 3 independent judges.

The awards ceremony is held on the Friday evening and is when the winners will be announced. It recognises the best and brightest in the Mumpreneur industry, acknowledging success in business, innovation, creativity and excellence!

The conference and awards is being held in Melbourne on Thursday 30th August & Friday 31st August 2018.

I am very much looking forward to attending this event and can’t wait to keep you all posted on what happens next!


The Secrets of Being Authentic (and Why It’s Important) 

– Jamie Friedlander


The word authenticity is loaded, but Ryan Lee, founder of FREEDYM, a training resources website for aspiring entrepreneurs, believes it’s imperative we remember what it truly means. Some people might think having piercings or pink hair is authentic, but wearing Banana Republic and listening to Coldplay can be just as authentic if it’s who you truly are.

“Because of the trend of being authentic, people think you have to grow a big beard and you have to have tattoos and curse,” Lee says. “That’s not authentic if that’s not you.”

We can relate to others better when we’re not afraid of being vulnerable. “I’ve seen this happen time and again with executives who on the surface look perfect and can do anything,” Thacker says. “But nobody’s smart enough to figure it all out. Embracing your weaknesses and your quirks is just as much a part of being authentic as embracing your strengths.”

Being authentic boils down to one concept: trust. “Be truthful to who you are, Tell the truth. It really comes down to being you. It’s having the confidence to be you.”

Don’t be afraid to tell people what you believe in. Don’t think you need to straddle the line to please all of your friends, family or clients. Stay firm on your values and beliefs.

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