“…Chance favors only the prepared mind”- Louis Pasteur
Be ready to embrace your opportunity. If you want to meet your opportunity, you must prepare your mind to embrace it. Opportunity favors only the prepared mind. if you prepare your mind, opportunity is yours.
Opportunity is not coming to you. You must get up and go search for it. It is closer to you than you think. It is with you. As John Maxwell put it, “Don’t wait for opportunity to knock. Opportunity doesn’t come to the door knocking. You have got to go out and look for it.”
“Opportunity favors only the prepared mind.”
To prepare for opportunity, you must do your own self-assessment. You must check what you have- your strengths and weaknesses. You must pay attention to what is happening around you. In other words, you must be self-aware. You must do your current job well.
Opportunity is closer to you than you think. Treat people with dignity, because you never know where your next breakthrough is coming from. Be ethical. Pay attention to what people are saying, buying, and selling. Read to know more about your industry, to know more about what you don’t know. Be curious. Ask great questions to understand more about yourself and your potential opportunity.
“Treat people with dignity, because you never know where your next breakthrough is coming from.”
Do your job well. Do not ignore the little things. Elbert Hubbard said, “The best preparation for good work tomorrow is good work today.”Whatever you are expecting tomorrow, prepare for it today. Your tomorrow is today. It starts today. Don’t waste it.
What are deadlines? Why are they important? Why are people missing deadlines?
deadline is a line of responsibility. It is a line
between the responsible people and the irresponsible people. A deadline is a
line of trust between two committed people trying to get something done. If you
break it, if you miss it, it becomes a problem. If you break it, people will
not trust you anymore. They will not like to do business with you anymore.
People want to work with those they trust. They don’t want to do anything with a businessman or woman who never walks the talk. If you want people to trust you, to respect you, to want to be around you, always keep your promise, always meet your deadlines. It is very important for future personal and professional growth. For example, if you promise to buy pizza for your kids, and you failed to do it, what did they do with you? Were they happy or sad? If you don’t buy them the pizza that you promised to buy, they will never trust you again. If your kids don’t trust you, you are a dead man walking.
“If you want people to trust you, to respect you, to want to be around you, always keep your promise, always meet your deadlines.”
In business, missing a
deadline is even worse. It can put your team, your organization, and yourself
into a state of chaos. One thing is
important to do when you are falling behind in your agreement: tell the client
what is going on, and when you will deliver the service. Don’t lie. If you
know you cannot get it done, don’t fool yourself by promising what you cannot
do. If you do that, your reputation will be in hell after the transaction is
over. To prevent this from happening, do what Harvey Mackay says, “Deadlines aren’t bad. They help you
organize your time. They help you set priorities. They make you get going when
you might not feel like it.”
If you want to make
it in business and in life, you MUST respect
deadlines. They are deadlines. They are not birthlines. If you miss it, you are
dead! Don’t miss it.