I’ve wondered about success and why some people seem to be more successful than others and have come to one conclusion.

The secret is in being prepared to take advantage of opportunities that come your way.

I just finished reading a book called Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, every book I’ve read that was written by him is one of my favourites for his forward and out of the box thinking – I didn’t even realize that he was the author of them all until I read his book listing (Blink, The Tipping Point).

So basically his book ‘Outliers’ talks about successful people like Bill Gates and how they came to be that way.

Most of it is luck and circumstance. Really – he outlines for each case study the things that came into play and each time large pieces of the puzzle came down to being in the right place at the right time – even being born in the right year in some cases and also support – having someone in your court – sometimes just one person – to help put things into motion for you either by putting them in place for you to act on or by giving you the readiness and development that you need to be able to act.

I came away at the end waiting for the punchline – waiting for the shining words of wisdom that would promise us all the same opportunity.

The catch was that I had to think to get it although Malcolm does touch on it through out his book.

The secret to success really does depend partly on luck – on having the opportunities present themselves to you to act on.

But that’s the thing.

You need to act on them.

Every successful person in his book ACTED on their opportunities where others may not have.

That is the key.

In order to act  you need to be prepared, able – and you need to be willing to step up.

Being prepared and able helps a lot with willingness.


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btw, the reason that I thought to write this post was that I got a call for a job interview this morning. It’s a job that I’ve been thinking about applying to in the back of my head ‘someday’ for almost 20 years! For most of that time I never felt prepared – number one reason was that I had to get my house in order first – otherwise it just didn’t feel right. When I finally did that and a few other circumstances fell into place – I was ready for it.

If I didnt’ have things in order here what do you think I would be doing right now?

Still waiting for some day instead of acting.

And as soon as I got the call, what is the first thing do you think I did?

I started cleaning and organizing in preparation for the days when I won’t be here to do it.

That made it very clear to me about being prepared.

The absolute best thing you can do is to be prepared before you have to be.

Don’t lose time – start today…

And if you see it, be sure to read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. It’s a quick read that will really will put luck, support and being prepared into perspective.

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  1. I would love to read that book it sound very common sense, I will see if I can get it at my library.I really agree with what you said, I believe you can’t have success in the big things if we havn’t had success in the little things first. It’s a sequential process. Good luck with the new job 🙂

    1. That is so true!! It’s been a big part of my strategy this year – taking small steps and pushing myself and growing a little at a time rather than thinking I should ‘be there’ in one gigantic step. It’s working better than I ever thought possible!!
      The job is a good example. It’s at the valumart in town. Saying it sounds so small, but the truth is that it’s a big step out for me after being home so many years and having other things on my plate -but it’s doable – more so now than ever since I have been taking ‘baby steps’ already – at one time even that was more than I would have been able to think of doing. It’s a logical progression exactly as you said – one step at a time! The trick is to keep going :0)

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