During my years on planet earth, I’ve learned many lessons the old fashioned way… pain and suffering. One of the most priceless: “until you learn the lesson, it will continue to repeat itself.” Let’s turn back the clock to 1980-ish, during school summer break. My mother must have hit the numbers because she gave me an incredible option to stay in the Bronx running the streets or travel to tropical Hawaii to visit with my Aunt. Of course, the choice was a no brainer, for someone with a brain, but I chose to pretend to be Dr. J on my Nerf door basketball set and watch karate movies all summer. Result – OPPORTUNITY LOST!
Fast forward to 1995-ish, I’m up and coming in the music industry. A similar but better opportunity presents itself. On short notice I’m offered to road manage a mini world tour for a major artist. Here is that iterinary, to the best of my recollection: Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Australia, South Africa back to the USA. Once again this is another no brainer. However, again I choose to decline this opportunity. Why? because I had a punk part-time job on the side (w/ benefits) that I was paranoid to lose. In retrospect, a better reason was I WASN’T PREPARED FOR SUCCESS!
TAKE YOUR PICK:
-wasn’t mentally prepared
-wasn’t financially prepared
-wasn’t confident enough
-afraid of the unknown
-afraid to fail
-too comfortable with my present environment
In both scenario’s, in one form or another, I wasn’t equipped to capitalize on a great opportunity. However, these were valuable opportunities lost, which provided real-time experience and discipline to be prepared at all times for success. As I don’t believe in the term “LUCK”, here is the mystical formula:
Preparation + Opportunity = Luck
Even as I’m writing this article to share as a blueprint for others, I’m inspired to make preparations for the new “luck” coming my way, by reading an extra book or blog, writing a new article or networking with new people. The later example is painful yet motivating. Anyone who has ever worked in the music industry can attest, to travel with a global record label or artist is a surreal experience: first class flights, 5 star hotels, 24 hr car service, daily stipend, free gourmet food, plus much more from adoring fans.
Ultimately, to achieve success you can’t be afraid to fail. Any opportunities missed or mistakes made, put that all behind you, and create new ones. Fortunately, all of the situations above and more manifested again, as I was determined never to repeat the same mistake three times
My question to you: Are you prepared for success?