Unlikely sources, serendipitous events, chance meetings, and lucky breaks, have some common elements. First, they happen all the time, secondly, they exist everywhere and lastly, they inevitably present when we least expect it (or are prepared for them).
The problem with lucky breaks? We can’t make them happen; we can’t conjure them up on demand. If we could they wouldn’t be unlikely, serendipitous, or considered lucky, now would they. They are then planned and demand a precise execution rather than showing up “out of the blue” or “when we least expect it”.
What we can do, is always be at the ready to exploit them when they present. As a matter of fact, that’s our primary responsibility. Being open and receptive to opportunity when it knocks. Ready to open the door and step into whatever shows up. Inevitably it’s this willingness that often differentiates middle-class thinking from World Class Thinking.
World Class Thinking is prepared to open the door of opportunity and at the very least explore who, what, when, where, why, and how. Being present to chance and the least expected are the by-product of being available, hard work, discipline and showing up with an open mind. Stephen Leacock coined the phrase “the harder I work the luckier I get” and through the ages this bit of wisdom has always been the gateway to unexpected opportunity and luck.
Middle-class thinking is reserved and suspicious of chance. Although not likely to admit it, their hesitation is founded in fear. Hallmarks of middle-class thinking are reserved, doubtful and suspicious of new potential or the change opportunity inevitably demands. Precluding themselves from stepping into the flow and preferring the safety of the sidelines the middle-class gravitate to the tried, the true and the known and lament that lady luck never shines on them.
Being ready, is a state of mind, seeing opportunity when others just overlook it takes willingness. It takes confidence. Recognizing an opportunity gap created by a lucky break or chance meeting requires a discerning eye, critical thinking and most importantly a desire to pursue the serendipitous.
Then the hard work begins. Pursuing anything that started as being an unlikely event or lucky break requires the same commitment to any goal or dream. It takes the focus, critical thinking, planning, execution and commitment.
What a lucky break ~ Think World Class