“Some guys have all the luck…some guys do nothing but complain”
I just finished a book titled, “Great by Choice” by Jim Collins. It was, good, but very similar to another book he wrote, “Good to Great.” One, among many, of the things I found interesting was a look into ROL or “Return On Luck.” Just like “Return On Investment” (ROI), but instead of return on money it is the return on your luck. What did you get back from the “luck” that was offered to you? Some might be saying, “Well, I don’t believe in luck.” For those folks, lets call it opportunity (you just happen to be in the right place at the right time). In any case, some times you just find yourself in the perfect place; the pasta bowl falls right-side-up out of the refrigerator when you open the door…or you just happen to stand in line next to that key potential client at the coffee shop…you know the feeling. Most of the time, it is a surprise and we don’t know how to react. With some bewilderment we fumble through the 1 in a million chance we’ve been offered. We almost can’t believe something this good has happened and we (in the coffee shop example) perform less than stellar.
Luck or opportunity is always looked at as if it is the golden key, but what you do with it is the actually key. How you react when it presents itself is what we should be ready for, ALL THE TIME! Compare yourself to a cheetah or snake. They are on the hunt for food, ALL THE TIME. When something presents itself as an opportunity for food, you know before I even say it, that they are ready to strike.
Now, I’m not suggesting that we behave like animals and get ready to devour every opportunity like a raw piece of meat, but I’d ask, are you coiled and ready when the opportunity presents itself; or are you so surprised to have an opportunity that you inadvertently let it pass by and then look around wondering why everyone else has such good luck?
When we find our selves ready to strike, luck or opportunity has an impact. When we are not ready it means nothing. Practice what it would be like if _____ opportunity happened. What would you do? Shut your eyes and envision it. Do it again and envision it a different way. Now think of another one, and practice that one. If you don’t believe opportunities will present themselves then just hang it up, because opportunities come to those who create them and are ready to strike.
I’ll leave you with a quote from Mr. Miyagi from the Karate Kid movies, “Man who can catch fly with chopstick, can accomplish anything.”