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 concept at a young age through golf. Gary Player said, “The more I practice, the luckier I get”. This is a great metaphor for what we are discussing. The more you plan and prepare for something the luckier you will be. This is simply because you will know your topic inside and out. You are now creating your own luck instead of sitting back and waiting for something to happen, and I strongly advise you to not sit back and wait. Opportunity may come in time, but why not go out there and create it from nothing? No one is stopping you from achieving success. You are the CEO of your life so take the long term strategy and watch out for new opportunities.
Be Different. Be Fearless. Be CEO.