I listened to a message from Darren Hardy (publisher of SUCCESS magazine) today. He said he once asked Richard Branson if luck had played any part of his success. Richard said, “We’re all lucky. If you life in a free society luck surrounds us all every day. The only difference is when luck comes my way I take advantage of it and others think about it until it’s too late.”
Harvard University did a study a few years ago to try to identify the critical characteristics of successful companies. Why do some succeed while others in the same industries do not? What they discovered was one consistent characteristic of those companies with stellar success – SPEED OF IMPLEMENTATION. While others were having committee meetings, the successful companies took action.
Are you a person of action? Are you missing your “luck” by taking too long to think about it?
If you’re new to the 48Days.net community – welcome. This is an amazing group of people who are not content with mediocrity in their work – or anywhere in their lives. You’ll find the members here share their resources and expertise willingly and also share your excitement when you succeed.
We are seeing an explosion of books being published, speakers being booked, coaches filling their schedules, artists finding new ways to market their work, musicians leveraging their talent and creative businesses from podcasting to dry cleaning pickup to muscle car restoration being launched successfully.
I’m thrilled as I see more people who are finding their true calling and applying that in work that is meaningful, purposeful – and profitable. If you’re still in that process, be encouraged; you can do what many others here have done.
Each week we feature some of our favorite forum discussions, blogs, groups and members in the Notes on the front page. Please note that those who are featured and highlighted are always selected from those who have a clear picture, are active here in this community and are adding valuable content in some way. No magic or inside track – those are the things we look for.
This week we're highlighting:
Featured Discussion – Danny Lint posed a question about creating Training Videos. His question is regarding how to build an audience when starting from zero. As usual members offered some great tips. We all start from nothing – the question is where will you be tomorrow. I started a newsletter with 67 email addresses in August of 2000. That was the beginning of the 48 Days brand as you see it today.
Featured Blog – What’s Your Potential? "Creating goals is a very important first step in fulfilling God’s call on your life. But it can’t end there. Goals are just the starting point. Too many of us have pages of goals and wonder why we feel so overwhelmed and discouraged that nothing is changing. This post by Jeff Jones talks about that next step – his own follow-through and links to two motivating podcasts as well.
Featured Group – our featured group this week is University of Failures, headed up by Ron Moore. As Ron clearly states, sometimes what looks like “failure” is simply a step back to get a better jump forward. Have you ever watched a baseball pitcher? Doesn’t he step back to get more force for the release of a perfect strike? You can be a charter member of this group – right now there are only 4 of us plus Ron. Surely you’ve got a story to tell.
Featured Member – our featured member this week is Annie Kontor from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. As a teacher Annie loves her students but is less than enthusiastic about the grueling expectations of the job. She has been totally transparent with all of her friends here in this community as she is figuring out the next chapter of her life. “I can dare to dream, but the realist in me just FREAKS OUT.” Annie says, “My career coach says to surround myself with positive thinkers and dreamers. This is the best place I know to do it. I know everyone here believes in dreams and possibilities with a lot of hard work.” Thanks for sharing your life with us Annie. Your openness helps all of us in working through our own challenges and opportunities.
Let us know what you're doing to increase your "luck."
Looking forward - Dan Miller
Last updated by Dan Miller May 14, 2012.