With entrepreneurship, horsing, and dance among my current happiest pursuits, and recommendations from a couple esteemed colleagues, I was eager to hear pursuit patron, Chris Guillebeau, speak in Kansas City about his latest book, “The Happiness of Pursuit.” While I learned lots about how others find happiness without a horse, I also was reminded of luck’s role in any pursuit.
In many of my life’s pursuits, I’ve experienced loads of the luck that comes from preparedness meeting opportunity. I’m typically prepared when luck shows up.
But for Chris’ speaking engagement, I expected a packed house, a busy speaker, and the only real opportunity as a chance to hear some good stories told first person. Frankly, it’s been a busy time pre webcast launch, so really I went for the escape of hearing someone else’s pursuits without responsibility for their realization!
I found instead 150 people in the audience of a small venue. While waiting for the speaker to begin, I turned to find him seated next to me.
I introduced myself as a small business consultant though found reason to interject the premise of my upcoming webcast series. I explained branding as my current next step, and Chris lit up with the suggestion, “Let’s name it now!” We started a little Q&A toward naming when he was called to the stage.
While I enjoyed my conversation with Chris and especially his spontaneous invitation to collaborate, I was far from prepared for my luck. I wasn’t a discrediting fool, but I portrayed obsolete focus on a small consulting practice. It’s been a great chapter, and I still love working with entrepreneurs individually. But it’s a quest that has come to the phase, in Chris’ words, where “the end is the beginning.” And this was the first encounter where I felt talking about what I’ve been doing is not as authentic as where I’m going.
The real luck of this encounter has important lessons I’ll need for my new adventure building an adult edutainment production company.
- Look for luck. Like my client/pal Kate Lindholm’s ability to find four leaf clovers simply because she looks for them, we find luck where we seek it. It’s happened to me again and again, what with our friendly universe and all, that I meet exactly who I need, that I find enough of the money I require, that I ah the perfect ha as if on command. Be prepared.
- Time to master the quick description about my next quest. One sentence about me. One sentence about my company. One sentence about my first product. I want my introductions to feel accurate and authentic.
- Keep blogging. Colleague John Jantsch, co-sponsor of Chris’ visit, and founder of the Duct Tape Marketing empire, shared he has amassed 5000 and counting blog posts over the years; quite a quest to report in itself. It reminded me to resume the discipline I loathe, but the outcome I love. I confess skipping posts this summer, letting the Buffer do the work, while I focused my creative writing energy on all required for the new webcast. I never stopped drafting posts, but my draft-to-publish part of the machine stalled. Time to finally hire the copywriter for my marketing materials and keep my creative writing focused on that which only I can write, the educational content that is my core product of my new media machine.
I know I’ll stay in touch with Chris around our shared interests in meaningful pursuits. Whatever are your pursuits, once you commit, as Goethe pointed out, the entire universe conspires to make it happen. So be prepared. Look for it. Your four-leaf clover is sitting in the next chair.
Homework: Read The Happiness of Pursuit. If you’re clear about your objectives, you’ll be reminded to cherish the quest and notice its many gifts. If you’re idling without a focus, you’ll find inspirational suggestions for short-term, long-term, near, and far, quests.