You’ve heard the joke about the plumber, right?
Guy calls a plumber about a leaky pipe in the basement.
Plumber comes, wanders around in the basement for an hour.
Just looking. Then finally he pulls out a wrench, and tightens in one spot.
The leak stops.
The bill was $100. The homeowner was shocked.
Why so much?
All you did was looking around for an hour, and then spend one second tightening something.
The plumber responds, “Five bucks for looking around, ninety five bucks for knowing where to tighten.”
Maybe you’re familiar with the straw that broke the camel’s back?
Now, is it really that ONE straw?
Meaning if the camel was happily walking down the street, with NO straw on it’s back, and that one super magical piece of straw landed on him, would it STILL break his back?
Of course not.
Every piece of straw was JUST as important.
Of course, there’s going to be ONE that puts it over the edge.
Like ONE snowflake is all it takes to start an avalanche, right?
Not really. You also need a crapload of snow piled up in the right configuration.
This is one of the problems with having a conscious mind.
We tend to miss out A LOT of what’s going on.
We see some waitress or waiter get “discovered” and become a famous actor overnight.
What we DON’T see is that same person has been visualizing, dreaming, and actually PRACTICING their whole adult lives.
So when an opportunity comes, they pounce on it.
They are READY.
If you don’t get this, you risk not doing ANY preparation, so when “opportunity” comes you get passed by.
And you wonder why OTHER people are lucky!
Part of “getting lucky” is making yourself READY for opportunities.
Figuring out what you want, and practicing.
At the VERY LEAST you should have three or four LIFE GOALS that you think about once or twice every day.
Hopefully spend some time journaling on.
And if you’re REALLY serious about getting them, you actually DO THINGS on a daily basis that will keep getting you closer.
Life is, after all, a journey.
Not a destination.
Journey’s take time.
Sometimes you get lost.
Sometimes you have to backtrack.
Sometimes you find wonderful things, people and experiences you’ve never heard of before.
But so long as you keep moving forward, you’ll keep getting closer.
You certainly WON’T get closer if you’re waiting for somebody else to tell you what to do, or “discover” you, or “make it easy” for you.
What you DO on a daily basis will slowly ADD UP to your life.
What kind of life are you building?
Your brain is your most precious asset. No matter how smart, insightful, creative you are, you can ALWAYS get better.
Which means you’ll ALWAYS increase your ability to prepare, find and capitalize on opportunities.