Take the guesswork out of accepting or declining opportunities. Logically analyze the pains and gains. As you discover more about the offer, consider these important questions:
- Does the opportunity align with my career goals? An opportunity that deviates from your 5- or 10-year plan may not be worth your time.
- How will I benefit from this opportunity? Identify the specific advantages and challenges of the opportunity before moving forward.
- What is the cost of pursuing this opportunity? Whether money, time or effort, everything comes with a cost. Make sure what you gain from the opportunity outweighs its price.
- Is the opportunity right for me at this time? Since timing is everything, contemplate your readiness, schedule, resources and other practical considerations before accepting the offer.
— Adapted from “Five Questions to Ask Yourself When an Opportunity Comes,” Brandon Jones, Leadership Done Right, http://leadershipdoneright.com.