I just had a great conversation with my brother, who is nearing the end of his internship. It’s not been the easiest of internships, and he has shared with me numerous of struggles he has undergone. Regardless, he is grateful for the experience.
He called me to get my advice on a business decision he needs to make. The simple gist of his concern is that he has “kinda” been offered a position to stay with this company. As much as he realizes the potential it means for him to take the position – if offered – he is also unsure about wanting to stay.
He wants to keep the door open.
It’s a young man’s concern, and it was mine once before as well. It’s that innate desire to think, “This is it! This is the best opportunity for me!” I see this same mantra emanating from entrepreneurs and business people. But, from what I’ve learned… it’s not the opportunity. These moments are never about the opportunity. These moments came on account of what you’ve done for someone else.
It’s about the relationship.
In the case my brother is faced with… this opportunity came due to the way he was able to benefit a fellow co-worker (really, his manager). The value my brother showed affected he relationship to the point that it made his manager take a serious look into keeping him with the company.
But what about this question: “How do I keep this opportunity door open?”
My advice to him, and it is the same to every business owner or entrepreneur, you don’t! You cultivate the relationship. Opportunities come and go, and relationships are the foundation of those opportunities.
Maintain the relationship… you’ll always have opportunities.