Creating opportunity is a phrase that I believe in whole heartedly. I was having a conversation with a colleague about my last post Mental Fortitude “True Grit” when it suddenly became a debate. We were debating whether or not billionaires got lucky in life or if they built it with grit. In my research talking with folks that aren’t billionaires but have a lot of money, they felt it was a combination of dumb luck and opportunity. So, I got to thinking maybe the successful people are not lucky at all but rather create opportunity. They put themselves in the right places to capitalize on opportunity when it arises. But what does that mean exactly… Five to Ten Year Plans Well in my opinion, it means that the successful people don’t think short term and actually think 5-10 years from now. Short term success is important but you have to be a chess player by anticipating what others will do and planning accordingly. Long term success attributes to working your plan and persevering through the tough times. Usually, long term success is what millionaires are looking for because they can grow their wealth over a longer period of time. Immediate gratification isn’t even in their vocabulary because they have already planned their next move. “The more I practice, the luckier I get” – Gary Player I learned this…

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Why do only certain people succeed while others don’t? Is it because they got lucky? Is it because they came from money? Or is it something else? I think all of these questions play a role in someone’s success. I was listening to a podcast the other day that was discussing how our society thinks of this term “success.” They had people defining it by saying the obvious “Success is a term that you define yourself it isn’t monetary.” Blah, blah, blah – but then they had a researcher who has studied and published papers on people who have reached success and what makes them different. People of all kinds billionaires of tech companies, managers of hospitals, political figures, and a couple of others. They all had one thing in common… grit. I like to define grit as mental fortitude because it basically comes down to the idea that you can with stand anything that comes at you. True Grit + Mental Fortitude The researcher concluded a couple of things but one stuck out because I run into it almost on a DAILY basis and that is true grit. In every case the super successful had a commonality where they each told a story about how people thought they were crazy or their ideas made no sense and would never be successful. They build walls within…

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Hi there! I’m Kit Carson the other half of the magnificent Leanna Ranieri. We have decided to create this section to discuss those Raw Untold Truths about life and the pursuit of happiness. The best way to describe what you are about to read is a bundle of hard truths and how to deal with them, several golf references because there is so much to learn from the game of golf, politics, and business. It sounds like a hot mess, but I promise you, it will be entertaining. More on me… I grew up on a ranch in rural California where we raised anything from pigs, cattle, corn, and alfalfa. My parents started a small business called Carson’s Coatings in our town and when I was 5, gave me my first love, the game of golf. I know it sounds strange, but golf became my life! I lived on the driving range for most of my childhood. When the recession hit, my parents company tanked. We lost almost everything. In an effort to help out, I started a little network marketing company with my mom where I would sell fruit juice on the driving range to strangers. We built a little cash flow business that made $1,000 a week which funded some golf tournaments for me. Sales has always been something that has come easy to me. For whatever reason I had this fearless ability to talk…

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Each day, I look at life and think,”What do I need to do today to move forward?”. In my businesses-life-family-etc. I make my to-do list if its not already listed out in my daily planner and then I sit their and debate.  Alright, which task should I do first? Do I prioritize? Do I get the easy ones out of the way? Should I just wing it? It kind of depends on how I am feeling that day. I’ve realized over the years though, that I cannot function without said lists whether they are written in my planner, on sticky notes, on my phone, or even in a text to Kit. I just need that visual on how to organize. the visual appeal There is something about visuals that are so darn attractive. Color coordination, sticky notes, and beautiful lines striking through tasks that I’ve completed [Take a Shower – CHECK]. My favorite ways to organize LIFE comes in many, many forms, all with a dash of Organization and lots of Colors. lists Every week or each day make a list. What do you need to complete today? This week? Due Dates, work schedules, appointments. WRITE IT DOWN. I love my monthly and daily planner that allows me to see everything I need to complete for day, week, month, and even year!  Easily forget to…

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The last few months have been a whirlwind, that not many are aware of. It’s been a mixture of risks, successes, mistakes, learning, meeting people, and a few “I told you so’s”. None of it was planned and I think most of it wasn’t necessarily expected, but it all happened.  Honestly, I think it was for the best. It was part of the reason why I haven’t blogged in a while. I needed to take some time for me, to figure out what I really wanted to do. I did not want to half-a$$ some posts on here just to have them, because let’s be real, our relationship is one based on authenticity—and who am I to portray this picture perfect life, when the reality is that everyone struggles in some form. Reality Even those famous bloggers you see all over Instagram (some who I adore!). Their blogs are beautiful, their feeds are cohesive, but deep down, they all have something they aren’t sharing with the world. Some things are just too personal and I totally get that. I have those “things” too. But I am also here to share raw parts of my life, some of the ups and downs that I know other people go through. I know that if I open up a bit to share these #UntoldRawMoments, I will reach someone out there who is going…

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