“If you had
Or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted
In one moment
Would you capture
Or just let it slip?”
~ Lose Yourself – Eminem
Opportunities can appear as quickly as they disappear. I can relate to these lyrics. I was given one shot to make my mark as a trainer for T Harv Eker. I was given one opportunity to go up on stage and do the warm up piece at MMI while Harv watched me from backstage. It was one moment to seize everything I ever wanted. I captured it and since 2012, I’ve been one of T Harv Eker’s handpicked trainers.
When I tell people my story of how I became a trainer, I tell them it was a combination of luck and preparation. I was lucky to be offered the opportunity to be on stage because not many people get the chance. I was lucky to have Harv backstage watching because he hardly does any events anymore. However, preparation is what got me to where I am today. Before I was given the chance to be a trainer, I was already training to be a trainer. I practiced, practiced, practiced. In the shower, in the car on the way to work, I was practicing.
From my tennis training, I knew that if I want to perform at my best, I need to be well-practiced. If I didn’t have the material committed to muscle memory, I’d already lost. Because when it’s show time, you rely on what you know and what comes naturally to you, and you act on instincts. When you practice enough, then it all becomes natural and instinctual. When I got up on that stage for the first time, it was as if I’d be there 1000 times.
So whatever your craft is in life. Practice, practice, practice. If you’re in sales, practice your pitch. If you’re in business, practice your leadership skills. Most careers require a skill set to master. Practice and master that skill set until it’s second nature because you never know when an opportunity arises. But here’s the kicker, when you prepare for opportunities, opportunities will be prepared for you.
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