Today’s the day, solar eclipse day. Thousands, perhaps millions of people will be stepping outside of their homes and viewing something that’s rarely seen, a total eclipse visible in the United States. These events don’t happen very often. In fact, it may be a lifetime before another eclipse goes from coast to coast of the United States and is visible from so many locations. And many people will be partaking.
But I will not. “Why,” you say. “Why would you not want to see this phenomenon?” Because I’m not prepared. You see, viewing the sun directly is very dangerous. You need to have the right equipment. With advances, a lot of people are getting glasses for viewing the eclipse, and I, too, looked for glasses to view the eclipse. However, by the time I started looking, they were all sold out.
And this is an important lesson. You see, I didn’t have the solar eclipse on my radar soon enough. I didn’t think in advance. I waited until a mere few days prior, only to be disappointed and learn that all the glasses were sold out. Because I didn’t prepare, I will not take advantage of this opportunity.
And this is true for our businesses, too. Many of us don’t prepare enough. We are not ready for the opportunities that might come our way. And because of it, we lose out. How many times is an opportunity coming down the pipeline, but we don’t think far enough in advance? We don’t stop and think what we want our future to look like? We don’t plan to do the things we need to do to execute those opportunities? Opportunity after opportunity after opportunity may be passing us by.
And we need to learn this lesson. We need to look to the future, know what we want, and start taking steps to get there. Otherwise, this process is going to keep repeating itself over and over again. We’re going to miss out on opportunities, and we’re going to lose out on what we do.
So prepare yourself. Plan, and protect. Those are the core messages of my Three Laws of Empowerment speech, and here, they’re driven home today.
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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein. This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique. Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Freeimages.com/photographer Mario Alberto Magallanes Trejo.
About the Author
R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.