When you look back on your life and consider all of the opportunities that have come your way, you may feel a sense of regret at a chance passed by, or you may feel a deep sense of gratitude for being in the right place at the right time. We often hear that term, “right place, right time”, “he’s always lucky.” There are times that can be considered luck, but as with most things in life, it’s because you were prepared.
Being prepared is a culmination of mindset and work ethic. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, mindset is “a person’s way of thinking and their opinions” and work ethic is “the belief that work is valuable as an activity and is morally good.”
As I’ve been on my journey, I’ve learned that opportunities are only visible when you’re looking for them and your success is dependent upon your level of maturity. My journey has been based on my ability to put aside what others say I should do and think and realize that I have to be able to change. Change that is for the betterment of myself, my family and the situation that I’m in and don’t like. This is where the “mindset” comes into play. I choose on a daily basis what my mindset and attitude will be, whether that is positive or negative. I also choose every day to work on my mind and strengthen my skill set. I do this through the books I read or listen to. I strengthen my skill set by self-evaluation, correction and practice.
Each opportunity that you’re presented with should be considered a building block of preparation for future opportunities. Have an open mind to see what’s available to you that will help you stretch and grow into a better person, which bleeds over into all other aspects of your life and relationships.
Work ethic, something I pride myself on, taught at an early age and no one can take away. I’ve made my share of mistakes, missed on opportunities that I either wasn’t ready for or couldn’t see the long-term benefits, but it wasn’t because I was out worked. There is truth to working smarter not harder, as far as understanding what and when to delegate. But when it’s time for me to work, it’s time to work. Understanding what your goal is, having a plan to get there is critical. However, the only way to make it happen, is to work when it’s hard, when you’re tired and others have stopped. No one can make your dreams and goals happen but you. Do you have what it takes? Numbers don’t lie and neither does your work ethic.
I encourage you to keep your eyes open and your hands working. I can promise you this, IT IS WORTH IT!