Opportunity is Hard Work

 In Audience Building, Small Business

During his acceptance speech at the Teen Choice Awards last week, Ashton Kutcher surprised everyone by giving some very insightful advice. “Opportunity looks a lot like hard work,” Kutcher said. He went on to speak about his experience washing dishes, sweeping factory floors and how every job was a stepping stone to the next.

That is one thing, and probably the only thing, I have in common with Ashton Kutcher.

In December, I graduated from Florida State University with a BA in English, with a focus on Editing, Writing and Media. The plan was to immediately find an amazing position in my field.

I had visions of grandeur: I would have a famous blog and people would think I was hilarious; I would be a literary agent and bring wonderful, aspiring authors into the limelight. That did not happen.

Open positions in my field called for five years of experience, and career inquiries for entry-level positions went unanswered. Feeling particularly guilty for continuing to live off of my parents after graduation, I started looking for jobs outside of my field.

After filling out an application for what seemed like every business in Tallahassee, I got exactly one job offer: a full-time position as a maid for a residential cleaning company. I could either wait around until I found my dream job or take the opportunity in front of me. I took the job.

Two months of cleaning led to a customer service role, which led to a job in outside sales. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do, but I was given the chance to grow and learn.

In the meantime, a friend and former employer pointed me toward a local content marketing company. I shot off a hopeful email, but once again there was no position available for me. I started to get discouraged.

When I tried complaining to my mother, she would have none of it. “Do you know how lucky you are to have a job at all?” she said. “It’s going to work out; you’re going to get there.”

Then I got the, “We’d like you to come in for a chat” email from a certain Dave Fiore. He interviewed me, had me complete quests of Herculean proportions and a week later I was offered the position of content marketing specialist.

Before he hired me, Dave asked, “How soon can you start?” I would have willingly started that instant, but I felt I owed my employer at least two-weeks notice, and I told Dave as much. I later found out that if I had immediately jumped ship from my previous job, I wouldn’t have been hired at all.

Being faithful to the job I had and working hard paid off for me, thankfully sooner rather than later. Instead of getting frustrated and giving up on where I was, I paid my dues and now I get paid to do what I love–write and edit every day. But don’t tell Dave that, because he might pay me less.

In case you are interested, here is a link to Ashton Kutcher’s full speech.

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  • K. Laffitte

    Love your work ethic, humility, and sense of humor ( or is that humour?) edit please. Awesome blog!

    • Liz Kossakowski

      Thanks so much! I appreciate the comment.