Luck is When Preparation Meets Opportunity

Updated: Sep 13, 2019

That’s something I got reminded of when I heard a story of a mentor of mine. First, he was doing an additional education in NLP while working already and at some point over the many seminars you need to visit, one guy had a job offer at Mercedes but wasn’t sure whether can doing all by himself. So he asked my mentor whether he wanted to help him because he saw his skills already because he was prepared.

But that’s, of course, not the end of his development. He worked hard to improve his skills even more and joined his working partner to more clients.

Until this one time.

He was watching the other guy getting stuck in one of his coaching sessions, unable to continue. He then got asked whether he could continue with the client’s session.

That was the opportunity he was waiting for! Within 10 minutes he solved the problem and finished the coaching session under astonishment of his working colleague. That was the moment when the client afterwards asked whether my mentor could just come by himself without his colleague, who at first brought him into this.

The unwavering thirst to improve and patiently waiting for an opportunity led my mentor finally to get his first big client, Mercedes Benz, waiting for him without his former colleague.

When I heard this story, I immediately had to think of this saying that I have heard so many times but know could understand.

Luck is When Preparation Meets Opportunity

Even though I don’t yet have such a story to tell for myself, I still believe that this is true and so I’d like to leave you with these two points of action.

Preparation: Be constantly willing to improve your skills and make a clear visible note that you do this every day. I do it by having at least one thing every day in my agenda that improves one or more skills of mine.

Opportunity: Which can also result out of your preparation but is surely not always the case. So try to find events or groups with people who are interested in the same as you or could be potential clients and just connect with them. It helps in any case and most of the time you’ll also have fun.


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