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Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that – that’s what life is. You might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that’s really special and if you’re not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself  ~ Amy Poehler

You know when the perfect job offer comes along and you jump at it knowing that it’s perfect for you?

You probably also know it doesn’t always work out that way.

Sometimes you really don’t know if you should take the job or not. And that’s when you drive yourself crazy writing lists of pros and cons and asking everyone what they think you should do.

Here are a few tips I’ve learned about how to choose the right job or opportunity for you.

1) Is it going to get you where you want to go?

Is this job or opportunity going to move you further along the path to your bright shiny goal?

It’s easy to get distracted by opportunities that sound good at first. Maybe the money is great or you know this particular company would look awesome on your resume. But when you take a closer look you realise it’s not really going to help you progress your career in the way you want

When you ask yourself this question there’s nowhere to hide. Either it’s going to help you achieve your goal or it’s not.

And remember, if this opportunity isn’t right for you something else will come along. There’s always more than one option.

2) Is it a Hell Yeah?

Opportunities can be a little like buses. You wait for what seems like forever and then three come along at once. How do you decide which one to jump on?

If you’re overwhelmed with choices you’ll appreciate Derek Sivers’ approach to editing your life. It’s one of my favourites.

His philosophy: It’s either a ‘Hell Yeah’ or it’s a No.

In his excellent book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, Greg McKeown calls this the power of extreme criteria. In other words, if we feel total and utter conviction to do something, then we say yes. Anything less should get a thumbs down.

This is very similar to the KonMari approach to tidying and decluttering your life. If you don’t absolutely love it it’s got to go.

I love this approach, because simplicity is a wonderful thing. It cuts through all the ‘I shoulds’ to bring you back to what really matters. Sometimes you may need to say no to everything until your Hell Yeah comes along. And that’s ok too.

3) Do you feel ‘ready’?

Do you feel that you’re absolutely 100 per cent ready for this opportunity?

Then you should say no.

Here’s why.

When you read about people who’ve achieved great success (such as Marissa Mayer and Amy Poehler) you’ll find a common theme. They take risks and grab opportunities before they feel ready. They take on opportunities they’re not really sure they can do.

Opportunities that stretch them and test their limits.

Opportunities that scare the hell out of them.

Opportunities that lead to breakthroughs and outrageous success.

So if you’re feeling ready for this job offer.

It’s time to aim a little higher.

What do you feel ‘not ready’ for?