Senecca wrote, "Luck is when preparation meets opportunity," but what happens when you worked your ass off and still didn't get the promotion, loan, and sale? Is that still luck?
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today on a sales life. if luck is when preparation meets opportunity, I get the fact when I prepare the opportunity presents itself and boom, I'm in it for the win. I get that. But what about the times when I prepared? I mean, I went overboard preparation. I did everything I was supposed to do the opportunity presented itself and it doesn't come through. I lose, what then am I supposed to believe that's luck too? This is the sales Life. I'm your host, Marsh B and I created the sales life because I believe sales is the best profession in life, is the greatest gift, and both require better skills of selling to embrace uncertainty, handle the adversity, and never settle again. My mission is simple. Create the best possible you both in sales and in life by eliminating all of the self-limiting beliefs because what is is not all there. Start your coaching today by heading over to marsh b.com Is luck good or bad, or as luck? Just luck. I read a quote by Seneca and Seneca said luck is when preparation meets opportunity. So I got to thinking about this because if luck is when preparation meets opportunity, I get the fact when I prepare the opportunity presents itself and boom, I'm in it for the win. I get that. But what about the times when I prepared? I mean, I went overboard preparation. I did everything I was supposed to do the opportunity presented itself and it doesn't come through. I lose, I didn't win the bid. I didn't get the promotion. My business plans weren't approved and the loan didn't come through. What then am I supposed to believe that's luck too? Yes. I believe that is luck because see another name for luck is momentum. Because I don't think luck is bad are good. I think it's actually the label that we put on it and see when you label lock is bad, that's when you lose your momentum. But I got to ask you is luck really that bad. I mean in the moment when things don't come through for you, it can seem unfair. It can feel bad, but in the macro, if you zoomed everything out, could it be possibly the best thing that ever happened for your life? It depends. Will you add to the momentum? Oh, where you label it as bad and quit, Like me, you've had moments that you needed the breakthrough to happen for you. You needed this, you prepared for it. You did everything you possibly can. And it didn't come through for you. And in the moment it seemed like it was the end. When, in fact not knowing it was a new beginning for you, because see you took the hit, but you can't build a moment. I just didn't realize it. You didn't know what else to do, but just keep going and looking back you had no idea how good things were going to turn out for you. And today you look at things and you're glad that you took the. Because had you not, it wouldn't have set you up for the wind that you have today. Back then, you prepared for it. And the opportunity I got to have this, and you do all that. You get to those crossroads and it doesn't happen for you. And it looks like the end in the moment. And you're like, oh my. I don't know what else to do when you don't know what else to do. You just do uncertain, afraid. What do I do now? But because you didn't have time to wait, you just kept adding to it and you kept building momentum and look at where your life is today. That big thing back then that you had to have is so small in comparison to where your life is today, but you would not have realized that had you not took the L had you not taken the loss back then. So I've got to ask you again, is that bad luck? Or is it just luck in the long run? My demotion was luck. It was a momentum builder. Didn't feel I it at the time. But see, when I got demoted, they released me to drop the facade to drop the double life. Drop the BS, uh, shed, all of that had that not happened. Had I not got demoted? I wouldn't have done it on my own because it would be equivalent to me building in furnishing a dream house and then tearing it all down to the ground just because I heard. There's a small crack in the foundation. I wouldn't have done it. I wouldn't have done it on my own, but see, I was building momentum the whole way. I just didn't realize it the momentum that I was building when I was 60 pounds overweight. I hated the way I felt. I hated the way I looked. So I began to work out, bust a sweat every day, 5:00 AM. Never missed. Eat all the foods you want, just make sure it's clean foods did that. And see, when I changed my fitness and I began to see the results, it changed my mindset. It changed my expectations and it calls me to make some very tough decisions in my life. And. Removing toxic people from my life, see all that was happening. I didn't realize that. Physically I was on, I was on top of the world mentally. I was fragile, still living in congruent. And then I got demoted, had I not been building the things physically inside, I wouldn't have been prepared for that demotion. And because I was already building that I was working out. The only thing I had left was the workout. The only thing I could do. Was continuous learning inaction. I continued to read, I continued to apply it. I was demoted. I was at the bottom wrong, but I was free and I'll start it over. It was at the bottom wrong. What looked like bad luck. Got demoted. Bottom wrong. The people who once answered to me now, I had to answer to them, but that's when the sales life podcast came about at the bottom wrong. And so I began to live my truth. New, better people started coming into my life. I pushed against the we've always done it that way. And I went from 10 to a thousand RPMs as luck in the moment. It felt bad, but in the long run, it was good. So don't label luck as bad or good luck is just luck. Now. What do you do with it? From there? That's up to you. If you look at luck as momentum, just swap out the word, swap out luck for momentum. It's all it is. So if you look at it as. Sometimes the luck, the momentum, it stirs you up. So things take an abrupt turn in your life. Things don't come through for you. It's supposed to that's the momentum, it's the things that's going to stir you up. Sometimes it forces you to reevaluate and make different decisions. Sometimes it forces you to look around and get creative and say, I have nothing left except this. See, when you're in these situations, you take those things and you say, what can I do with it? And sometimes is just momentum. So we've got to ask you ma'am what's bad about luck. Because the only way that it's bad luck is if you quit, it may not be bad at all because you just don't know how things are going to play out. And some days, man, it may seem like 10 steps for. And then the next day may be a hundred steps back, but it's still luck. It's luck. If you look at it as momentum, keep adding to it with continuous learning and action and watch what happens with your lucky self. Thanks so much for listening to today's episode. Head over to marsh vice.com. That's M A R S H B U I C E for thousands of free resources and to start your coaching today.