A few days after, I stumbled on Brent Ozar‘s “life quest” post and without relating it to Jay’s talk it struck me as something I needed to do. To plan what success is to me. It’s not about wealth or things, for me it’s about being in a position to be happy. Less bills, less debt, better credit, better fitness, all of which will help to enjoy life.
So I refurbed my blog and began to write here as part of my life quest.
A week or two after rekindling my blog, Paul Randall provided an opportunity to be mentored by him. His only requirement was, to apply, you had to write a blog post. What an amazing turn of events as I had just began to look at life as planning for a sunny day, or the day when an opportunity arises.
- I planned out what I wanted to accomplish in my life, personally and professionally.
- I redesigned and upgraded my blog.
- I began to blog, and got comfortable with putting thoughts out onto the interweb for my three readers to follow.
Without knowing it, I had been preparing for my Sunny Day. What if I hadn’t planned for my future goals? What would I have to say to Paul?
What if I hadn’t reignited my blog? Would I have had the time to set one up before the deadline?
What if I didn’t blog, and didn’t know what to write?
What if my writing was terrible?
Luckily I did prepare. Everything lined up to allow me to succeed in jumping at this opportunity. So I applied to Paul’s mentoring opportunity. I counted all of the entries. 53… I had a 1:53 chance at earning / winning one of 3 spots. I read a few of them, they were very good, and I wasn’t very confident that I would be selected. But this process laid out the plan, and even if I wasn’t selected I now knew what I was looking for. I could approach more experienced DBAs at my local PASS User Group. I was setting myself up for success. And I could claim Paul read my blog.
The results are in!
Paul chose everyone. All 53 entrants would be mentored for the entire year! It was a bit like Oprah. “You get a school, and YOU get a school!” I’m very happy to be a part of this 2015 class of mentees.
Now I know that everything won’t always line up perfectly to allow me to pounce on every opportunity, but I’ll have more successes if I set myself up for success than I will if I don’t!
Have you planned for your sunny day? Will you be ready to pounce when opportunity knocks?