Being in the right place at the right time is only one-third of the success equation. Knowing that you are in the right place at the right time is the other third. The most essential part of the success formula, however, is preparation.
Being prepared means putting yourself in a position to succeed. Planning, working, being patient (and strategic), or waiting for success to happen is not always fun. But when you contrast preparation with losing out on once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, then you can see why your preparation is essential and not optional.
In order to maximize the opportunity of being in the right place at the right time, the very first thing one has to do is to dream as big as possible. If you are not dreaming BIG, then why should anyone else take you seriously? When you dream big, you are indirectly empowering others to help you meet your success goals—to invest in your dreams.
Maximizing the benefits of being in the right place at the right time also involves developing and perfecting a high-level body of consistent work. Your body of work is what differentiates you—the brand—from everyone else. Your body of work conveys to others that you value your craft and success matters.
You must also demonstrate to the market that you can solve problems and create value. Your body of work is an extension of your person—it gives others a glimpse of not only your skills and accomplishments but also the factors that motivate and drive your success initiatives.
As you go through your day, be deliberate in setting some time aside and doubling down on developing and mastering your craft. Keep pushing forward toward your true potential. As you do so, you will create momentum that will lead you to the opportunities that are waiting to be captured.
Let’s recap how you can position yourself to be in the right place at the right time.
- Dream. Replace your small picture of success with a ridiculously-impossible picture of success.
- Prepare. Sharpen your skills and polish your body of work through deliberate practice.
- Position. You cannot catch a fish without being near water. That is, you ought to station yourself where the best opportunities are.
Remember, you are good enough and deserve to experience life’s best.
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