It’s true we live in a time of questionable economic stability, nobody knows where to step or what’s coming next. It’s also true that without balance, timing, and know-how, surfing is impossible. Realizing that navigating the waves of flux in the economy is as simple as reading the landscape, balancing on an unsteady platform, and timing your market are they keys to success.
More millionaires were made during the great depression than during any other time in history. We stand at the forefront of a tremendous opportunity to top that record. But everywhere I look I see opportunities that go untaken by people who are frozen in fear. The antidote to the fear is acceptance, knowledge, and focus.
1) Accept what you cannot change, and work around immovable objects. You waste time and energy by pushing back. When I lived in the country there were no appropriate schools for my gifted child. I could have tried to work around the programs offered or commute to a private school, but moving was the answer. I could have fought the answer to the problem, but would have ended up at the same answer anyway. Recognize when you have the answer, and then act on it.
2) Recognize when you learn something new, in business or life, everyday. You’ll be surprised when you find a reason you needed to know it, and you’ll be delighted to realize you do. The world is moving at the speed of thought, and changing everyday. What wasn’t possible yesterday is entirely possible next week. So keep your ears and eyes open and you’ll spot the opportunities that come knocking.
3) As the Queen of, “oooh, shiny thing…” (ADD), focus is often more difficult than anything else. But concentrated effort provides the greatest results. Think if you were to try and clean crayon off the wall. Do you give it a quick wipe and accept that your living room forever has purple dinosaur artwork because you can’t get it off? Or do you spend focused effort with the right tools to get the job done? It’s the focus that gets results. Do one thing, do it well, do it often.
And while you’re mastering the art of tunnel vision, don’t forget your family and friends. I find it hard to believe that my 5 year old is so big, and wonder where the time went. I get caught off guard sometimes when I’m sending invitations or cards out, to find the name of my best friend that died, and remember how long ago that was. They say, “time flies when you’re having fun”. But I say, “time flies”. We are all only gifted with 24 hours in a day, so make the most of yours.
With the advent of the internet, and high speed access, you really can do what you love and love what you do. And if there isn’t already something out there for you, create it.
So for this year of opportunity, take charge of your life, your destiny, and your passion.