Aha Moment Monday
How often are successful people cited as being lucky?
‘He was lucky because his parents had money.” “She was lucky because she had natural talent.” “They were lucky because …”, well, fill in the blanks.
If you’ve ever been “lucky”, and I imagine you have, then you know how it feels to be proclaimed as “lucky”.
Truth is, “Luck is when preparedness meets opportunity.”
In Hollywood they call it a “20-year overnight success”; they invested 20 years preparing then, one day, they stepped into the spotlight.
Oprah Winfrey, J.K Rowling, LeBron James, Henry Ford, Celine Dion, Steve Jobs, Sam Walton, Andrew Carnegie, and Michael Oher are a few of the “lucky” ones. They, too, had modest or humbling starts yet through belief and application, they rose to success.
Now, it’s a common saying that opportunity only knocks once.
Is that true?
Doesn’t that instill some fear that if our ship comes in, and we’re at the airport, that we might miss our big opportunity?
Aha – opportunity is everywhere all the time!
Here’s the thing. Opportunity doesn’t always present itself until you’re ready, or put another way, you don’t see the opportunity until you’ve grown into it.
And the first opportunity you see might not be your opportunity anyway!
“Knowing that opportunity isn’t a once-in-a-lifetime event gives you the confidence to explore your options and to keep your mind open to new opportunities. You realize that the chances have been there all along; you simply haven’t seen them.” ~Richard Carlson, Ph.D. Author: Don’t Worry, Make Money
There are always new problems to solve, new stages being built, new partnerships being formed, new products being developed, new technologies being invented, and new markets opening up.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build your talent then, simply show up….eyes wide open, of course.
Be your own four-leaf clover.
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