Sometimes, I feel that there is a wall in front me and we can’t find the door. Have you ever tried again and again to opportunities and none are coming up?

Brick Wall

“Sometimes our walls exist just to see who has the strength to knock
them down.”  Darnell Lamont Walker

How to find a door in a brick wall?

So how can I find a door in a brick wall?

  1. Persistence

    If things would be easy, this would be well known and everybody would be doing it. Your passion for your topic will drive your perseverance and persistence. This is often what people around me notice and say things “Wow, you are really passionate about this” or “I really admire your persistence”. This is definitively building trust and proofing that it is not just a new passion that will fade away in a few months.

  2. Preparation

    The key is the preparation. The thesis is that if and when a door opens if you are not ready, you will not be able to exploit it successfully. Actually, if it takes more time, the better you will be prepared.
    The first step in the preparation is too think, not only what your goal is, but also what you require to reach out. Draw your learning journey. Don’t just think in terms of competences and hard-skills but also the soft-skill (human skills) that you require (such as communication, leadership, public speaking, conflict management, sales).

  3. Constant learning and growing

    The next step for the preparation is the tools that you can acquire to prepare yourself.
    These can take the form of mentoring, courses, coaching.
    I personally really enjoy online learning such as Coursera, edX, Skillshare. You can also take webinars from my organisation, Swiss Leaders Group.

  4. Be flexible

    The goal is important, how this will happen is not always so clear and the journey might be. The way is usually not (probably never) as direct and smooth as we imagine, so there might be steps that bring us closer to your goal, but not always in the straight line.
    When evaluating a step, consider whether it brings you closer to your goals and whether it helps to build trust that others might be towards you.

  5. Be ready to jump

    When eventually a door open up, just jump. After waiting long, you might find weird to suddenly have an opportunity. Leave your emotions aside and go ahead. You have been preparing long enough, you are able to do it!

Your potential

I am very excited about your potential and what you will achieve.


Author of this blog

Joël Vuadens-Chan

Founder & CEO of Swiss Leaders Group, certified trainer, speaker and coach, Executive Director and Member of the President’s Advisory Council of The John Maxwell Team


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Published by Joël Vuadens-Chan

I live in Bassersdorf, next to Zurich in Switzerland together with my wife, Olivia, and our two teenage sons and enjoy since 20 years to add value to people. Seeing people discovering their gifts, developing them and starting to make a difference in the society by using is the greatest joy for me. I have been coaching, training and supporting people in several non-profits, as well as in our jobs, and this is almost our second nature. I observed that good leadership is instrumental to the success of not only the employees individually, but also to the success of the team, department and company. After commerce and IT studies I have 25 years of experience in banking, IT and insurances industries, working in Switzerland, UK, part of virtual teams led from USA with frequent trips to USA, Germany and UK, speaking English, French and German, including Swiss German. I have also been serving in the last 20 years in several volunteer leadership functions in non-profit organisations. I have also completed MBA studies with a thesis on revenue-earned social enterprises. Our 2 teenagers are my passion as well and I especially love coaching them and helping them developing their skills and leadership skills. By extension, I love raising young leaders to take their place in the society, using their skills and strength to help others. I understand the complexity of international business life and are passionate to help people, including youth, finding their purpose, skills set and developing as excellent leaders leading teams and organisations that will attract the most skills and capable team members. As an Executive Director and a Member of the President Advisory Council of The John Maxwell Team and Member , I am certified to facilitate, speak, train and coach individuals and groups in the areas of leadership development, professional skills and personal growth. Trained and mentored by John Maxwell and mentors of his world-class faculty, I am equipped with the tools, resources and experience to help you and your team improve your productivity, performance and profitability. Whether you are looking for a facilitator for group workshops, corporate training in leadership, speaking, sales, or coaching skills for your leaders, or a speaker for your next event, I have access to exclusive content that is only available through a certified Executive Director of the John Maxwell Team to help you reach your goals and objectives.

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