Sedona

I was looking back at a picture from last year and it reminded me of one of the most forgotten lessons we learn again and again in life.
 
We have no clue what is going to happen.
 
I was on a mountain in Sedona, AZ and I met this girl who was hiking simultaneously. She only lived 2 1/2 hours from my home in Raleigh and would come there often because her parents lived there, too.
 
It was a “fairy tale” story.
 
4 days later we were having dinner 1500 miles away in Raleigh. You could’ve written the script right then. Two people fall in love on a mountain, the rest is history.
 
→ But that’s not what happened.
 
We dated for a few months but the long-distance relationship wasn’t to be. It didn’t make sense to keep it going. We had to make mature decisions that were hard to make.
 
And that’s the lesson here.
 
Life moves a mile a minute and we encounter so much that we need to find ways to organize it in our heads. Make some sense of it. Feel like there is some order.
 
Maybe there’s not.
 
Because of that breakup, it made me go back to work on defining what I wanted. It made me get back out and date actively, something I hadn’t done in almost 2 years, and it allowed me to bump into amazing new people and adventures that I otherwise wouldn’t have encountered.
 
We can’t script life. It isn’t a movie. Even if we could, why would we want to?
 
The serendipity of it all makes it more exciting and fruitful in the end.
 
Let’s face it, we think we know what we want but we don’t actually know until it hits us hard.
 
How often do we say, “I never would’ve dreamed that up but I’m glad it happened that way.”
 
So we should stop trying so hard.
 
Throw the script out and let life happen to us.
 
That’s really how you make “movie magic”!
Sedona2023-11-03T08:31:18-04:00

Gary Vee

Before I knew what Entrepreneurship was, Gary Vaynerchuk serendipitously popped up in a Facebook post which was a link to his Inc 500 Keynote Speech.

It was one of the catalyst moments in my life that put me on a different path forward.

That was in 2011.

Fast-forward four years later to 2015 and the momentum had been building even though I was so early in my journey. I had learned a lot and I wanted to share it with others and to give thanks to Gary.

I wrote this blog, titled “What Is The R.O.I. of Gary Vaynerchuk”, 8 years ago. What’s funny is I remember writing this. I remember sharing it and Gary sending me a reply on Twitter. I remember how it energized me even more.

It’s amazing what has unfolded over the past 8 years and I’m excited to see what’s next.

Moral of the Story:

We don’t know where we’ll find a spark of inspiration but we are going to have a better opportunity by venturing out into the unknown and starting. We’ll bump into things by happenstance and call those “serendipitous” moments.

But they are only that way because we’ve opened ourselves up and created the chance for those opportunities to come into our lives.

Get out there and get started.

It’s the only way to create a better life for ourselves.

Gary Vee2023-08-06T09:31:31-04:00

Missing Opportunity

Opportunities surface in strange ways and unexpected places. They can surprise us.

We are going along fine and then we are hit with a rush of emotion, excitement, and potential. We have a chance to act on it.

But sometimes we don’t. We must understand why?

Why would we pass it up? What harm could come out of pursuing it? Why do we feel we are not worthy enough to test this new endeavor?

Sometimes the questions are easier to ask than they are to answer. But the answers are in there if we are willing to sit with them.

We must be holding onto what makes us feel unworthy of the pursuit.

Dig for it.

Find it.

Let it surface.

Expose it for what it is and uncover the root cause of how it got there.

We may not resolve it right away but at least we can face it head-on. We create an open dialogue with ourselves.

We give ourselves the opportunity to grow.

We give ourselves a chance when the next moment arises.

Because it might turn out to be something that stops us in our tracks, makes us turn around, and head us in a new direction we never would’ve imagined.

Missing Opportunity2022-09-10T16:04:40-04:00

Serendipitously

Serendipity is all around us and when we embrace it great things can start to form. I’ve met many influential people in my life by chance. But it doesn’t happen magically by sitting around, we have to create some spark through action.

  • Go to that new coffee shop
  • Attend that event
  • Message that person
  • Join that new fitness challenge
  • Go do that open mic
  • Go run in the park
  • Ask someone out
  • Go do…???

Sometimes it’s nothing. But sometimes it’s everything.

Life is serendipitous.

One day you’re going along just fine and then, boom, you meet someone you weren’t sure how you lived a life without for this long.

Don’t sleep on serendipity.

It can be a game-changer.

Serendipitously2022-01-03T21:06:18-04:00

Short-sighted

Life is random and unexpected. Things happen that can be extremely magical at times and can make us more fulfilled than we ever expected.

But we can’t take those moments for granted.

We have to be grateful for the entire path of uncertainty that led us to this point. We have to drop the ego.

If we believe we are the sole contributor to this “success” then we become shortsighted with how much luck was involved. We, therefore, miss out on the golden opportunity to gain perspective that we are incredibly lucky to even be in this position in the first place.

Being in the right place at the right time. Other decisions in the past led us down this path (a breakup, getting laid off, etc). Swiping in the right direction.

Most of it is luck.

The timing is lucky.

Serendipity plays a big part in our journey.

By using gratitude as a tool to open up opportunities, we start building a great foundation to base decisions on knowing that inevitably a “roll of the dice” will come into play.

If it’s in our favor, we can be thankful for the opportunity. If it’s not, we can recognize that not everything will go our way and there will be many times we can’t control the outcome.

We must stay positive for the future and await the next spin of the wheel.

Wherever it lands, we’ll at least be ready.

Short-sighted2022-06-28T19:28:26-04:00
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GUY KAWASAKI

EPISODE 201: Chief Evangelist of Canva & Creator of Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People Podcast

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About Guy:

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva and the creator of Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People podcast. He is an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley), an adjunct professor of the University of New South Wales. He was the chief evangelist of Apple and a trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation. He has written Wise Guy, The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media, Enchantment, and eleven other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University, an MBA from UCLA, and an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

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DR. CHRISTIAN BUSCH

EPISODE 179: Author, The Serendipity Mindset & Professor, New York University

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Prof. Dr. Christian Busch is one of the world’s leading experts on innovation, purpose-driven leadership, and cultivating serendipity. He directs the CGA Global Economy Program at New York University and also teaches at the London School of Economics. Previously, he co-directed the LSE’s Innovation Lab and co-founded the Sandbox Network, a global community of young innovators, as well as Leaders on Purpose, an organization convening Fortune 500 CEOs. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Expert Forum, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and among Diplomatic Courier’s “Top 99 Influencers” and the Thinkers50 Radar list of 30 thinkers “most likely to shape the future.” Christian’s bestselling book, The Serendipity Mindset (Penguin Random House), has been highlighted as a “wise, exciting, and life-changing book” (Arianna Huffington) and a “bracing and hopeful antidote to a world addicted to efficiency and control” (Daniel Pink) that “offers practical guidance for all” (Paul Polman), and was featured on platforms such as the BBC, Harvard Business Review, and Forbes. His research has been published in world-leading journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, and he regularly speaks at conferences such as TED/TEDx, World Economic Forum, and Financial Times Sustainability Summit.

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Dr. Christian Busch2021-09-13T21:45:40-04:00
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