As a blogger, I’m always looking for new opportunities. Whether it be writing for various websites , or seeking ways to improve traffic to my own projects. If you’re a business owner, I’m sure you’re also looking for ways to expand your business or find the “next big break” that must be coming down the road. Here are a few things I’ve learned about finding new opportunities in the marketplace and how you can take advantage of them. New Opportunities are Everywhere! I think the very first thing to realize is that new opportunities are simply everywhere. There’s always another job, always another journey to embark on, always something else. The more we let this dwell in our minds, the better. America is the land of opportunity, and many times we are without excuse for not taking those opportunities. “But, but, unemployment is above 9% John! Nearly 1 out of 10 people don’t have a job! How can you say that opportunities are everywhere?” Great question. Keep in mind two important points: The 9% figure means that at this point in time 9% of the United States population is without a job. One of those unemployed individuals might only be unemployed for a few short months. Employers hire, people fire, and round and round it goes. It’s not a permanent situation for many of those unemployed individuals. The 9% figure means that 91% of individuals are actually employed! Isn’t that an interesting way of looking at it? Most people have jobs, and it’s time we start focusing on the positives instead of the negatives. The Problem? Boxes. Part time, I work in a retail sales store. Outside our windows we regularly watch homeless people standing with cardboard signs asking for money, food, or smiles. Recently I asked myself, “What is stopping them from getting a job or creating their own business? Why aren’t they taking advantage of the many opportunities this great country has to offer?” But then I asked myself a similar question, “What is stopping me from climbing the corporate ladder, embarking out on my own into full time self-employment , or taking advantage of better opportunities that might be in store for me?” Wow. It hit me like a ton of bricks. Yes, all 2,000 pounds of it: We each individually box ourselves into a way of thinking and living. I can’t ignore the fact that some people are completely satisfied with holding cardboard signs or working for corporations. If that’s you, that’s okay! But if you’re the type that wants something more, then here are a few things you can do to think and live outside of that self-imposed box. Things You Can Do These are the three best things you can do to find new opportunities in your life and the marketplace. Here we go: 1. Read a lot of books. Reading books has been a huge help to me in my finances, health, and walk with God. They have encouraged me to seek a better way of living. Books are most effective when they are put into practice and taken to heart. Read some good encouraging books and you’ll be able to find all kinds of opportunities for self improvement you never thought possible. 2. Meet a lot of people. I can’t tell you how important it has been to me to meet other bloggers online. They have taught me so much, and there’s no way I could ever pay them back for all the valuable lessons I’ve learned. When you’re looking for new opportunities, seek people who know people. If you’re looking to land a job, find someone who will recommend you within the company. 3. Close doors to open new ones. Bob and I discussed this one recently. Some of the best opportunities come when you either close doors or have doors closed on you. Think about it. I bet if you look back on your life you’ll find that some of the greatest opportunities came when you had opportunities taken away from you. Instead of letting that doors close on you, be proactive about it! Hold onto the opportunities that matter most and eliminate the projects that are holding you back from advancing forward. Remember that you can find new opportunities if you don’t limit yourself. Pray and ask God to show you the direction in which you should go. Build your education through books and make sure to network with people. Soon, you’ll find that doors will open all over the place. The question is, which doors will you walk through? Are you struggling with which opportunities you should take and which ones you should reject? Meet us in the comments and let’s talk about it! Related Articles: How To Use Your Network To Find A Job Finding the will of God for your life (and job) Netflix for Books? How to Successfully Network as a Business Owner How To Start A Business You Love A little help for the unemployed Stores in danger of bankruptcy – use your gift cards! John Frainee is a personal ﬁnance writer at TheChristianDollar.com . His goal is to provide biblical ﬁnancial principles that encourage people to live healthier lives. Beyond personal ﬁnance, John enjoys spending time with his wife and two crazy cats, playing a competitive game of Monopoly, and reading just about anything he can get his hands on. You can also ﬁnd him on Twitter and Facebook . As a thank you for subscribing to our newsletter you can download our quick eBook ” 25 Ways To Save Money in 2011 ” for FREE! The articles on this site are for entertainment purposes and should not be taken as financial advice. Please contact a financial professional for specific advice regarding your situation. Also, many of the CPF articles help us pay the bills by using affiliate relationships with Amazon, Google, eBay and others. Find out more here .