Thursday, June 26, 2008

Blogging At The Intersection Of Preparation And Opportunity

Milton Berle said that, "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." Learning, seeking, taking calculated risks, these are all about creating opportunity and getting yourself prepared. I am sure you have probably heard they saying, "I would rather be lucky than good." I wholeheartedly disagree. The difference between a lucky person and an unlucky one almost always comes down to preparation and attitude.

I frequently hear people that aren’t successful saying about those that are, "they are just lucky." Successful people aren’t just "lucky." They were prepared and in the right mindset when opportunity presented itself. A big part of this is associating with and befriending successful people you can learn how to be prepared when your opportunity comes.

I have seen people with tons of potential and countless opportunities waste it all because of poor decisions in picking their relationships. I have watched as person very close to me destroyed our relationship for a fleeting moment of fun with new friends. I have seen the hurt in her eyes, heard the regret in her voice, as she wished that time could be reversed and different roads traveled. Unfortunately the past cannot be undone, but mistakes in it can be learned from.

Trust me I know how easy to get caught up into a highly social unproductive lifestyle. It feeds on itself until you don't even realize how non-productive you really are. I would encourage you to examine your relationships and choices and ask yourself if they are beneficial and constructive. Honestly ask, Do they make you a better person? If not end it. I know that sounds harsh but in the end it will do you good.

Find people that encourage you, make you better, and inspire you to be better - to be great. Seek out people of like mind, with similar ideals and goals. Develop relationships with people of high moral character that have lofty goals. Find risk-takers, not reckless individuals, as you will find that taking more calculated risks, and through focused action "luck," that intersection of preparation and opportunity, will find you.

later all and have a profitable and productive blogging day

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