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Something To Sleep On Newsletter from 05/27/2018

Quote I am pondering: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – Seneca

What if you’re in the right place at the right time … and you don’t even know it?

How many times have you heard someone say “He (or she) just happened to be in the right place at the right time,” as if somehow, through sheer luck, the planets aligned and “magic” happened. Have you stopped to think that maybe, just maybe, “chance” success is not about luck, or serendipity, or providence. Maybe it’s about preparation. Maybe it’s about attentiveness to yourself and your surroundings. Maybe it’s about recognizing what’s right in front of you when others, faced with the same exact set of circumstances, walk away without even seeing it.

Seneca was right. More often than not what we call “luck” really does exist at the intersection of preparation and opportunity.

I wrote about this earlier in the year. As I pointed out then, my premise is that we are all in the right place at the right time on countless occasions without even realizing it. The key is not being in the right place at the right time per se, but recognizing that you are there. It’s first about being clear as to what you want. And when you have a clear understanding of what you want, it’s about awareness of yourself and your surroundings, recognizing potential opportunities and capitalizing on them. In short, it’s about preparation!

Put a hundred people in the “right place,” at the “right time,” and perhaps five of them will be the “lucky” ones … the ones who make great things happen. So what sets these five apart from the others?

  • They know clearly what they want.
  • They can visualize an outcome that syncs with what they want.
  • In order to achieve their desired outcomes they are prepared to act on opportunities that arise.
  • They are keenly aware of themselves and their surroundings.
  • Because of this, they recognize opportunities when they’re staring them in the face.
  • And they capitalize on these opportunities.

What about the other 95? Were they just “not lucky”? Or were they simply not prepared?

I remember reading a piece several years by the novelist Kristen Houghton in which she said:

“’Lucky’ people do something that too many other people don’t do — they prepare themselves for an opportunity that will help enhance their lives. They don’t just sit and wait and hope; they actively pursue a goal and look for every opportunity to achieve it. Being in the right place at the right time is a planned strategy.”

Being in the right place at the right time is a planned strategy. “Luck” is a planned strategy. Just let that sink in for a minute.

Are you enjoying what you do or are you hunting for the right place at the right time?

You might be interested in this piece from Entrepreneur Academy. It presents a slightly different, but complementary, take on the subject.

Weekly Question: Ask yourself: How many times during the course of the day, month or year might I be in “the right place at the right time” and I don’t even realize it because my mind is preoccupied with something else. What disciplines might I adopt in order to become “luckier”?

 

For over thirty years, Mike has been actively involved, as a coach, entrepreneur, scientist, business executive and management consultant, in the areas of executive leadership, organizational development and change management, strategic planning and execution, and financial analysis. He has provided strategic, operational and financial leadership to small and medium-sized firms, as well as Fortune 500 companies and large government organizations, in a broad range of industries. Mike holds BS and PhD degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and has had additional training in finance and accounting, strategic planning and management, leadership development, and succession planning, from various top-tier institutions.

Mike Cobb

Mike has provided strategic, operational and financial leadership to small and medium-sized firms, as well as Fortune 500 companies and large government organizations, in a broad range of industries.

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