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Business Success Tip: When an Opportunity Presents Itself – It Is Too Late To Prepare

My friend, John C. Maxwell, mentioned to me the other day, “when an opportunity presents itself, it is too late to prepare.” John is a master at saying so much with few words. You must invest the time, the effort, the money, and constantly grow your knowledge base to be ready.

There are so many people who attend a workshop or study a course, and weeks later the binders, the materials, the notes and the contacts are virtually forgotten. The binders are on the shelf next to last year’s binder. The materials are labeled and then boxed or filed.
The notes are left on a hotel room table or on the flight home. The contacts met are not nourished into new relationships.

You must, with intention, set into action a number of steps to continue along the path of success and to flourish in your growth. Consider the quote from John C. Maxwell and take his tip to heart. Determine how to apply this action to your business.

Another tip is to share your new experience with others, specifically in your networking. When it is the appropriate time for you to share a few words about yourself in conversation, discuss the workshop, the course, and the areas of growth you have recently achieved. The key point is – add the exact way you will utilize this newly acquired information to serve your clients with more value, “To serve your clients with more value”. Consider what this statement means to the person who is listening and hearing what you said. You are the type of person who is willing to take the time and the effort, and you invest in yourself to grow your knowledge base in order to provide your clients with greater value. This is a valuable differentiator and a memorable one.

You will have created the reason that you stand out and apart from others in your field.

Are you ready to put into action your newly acquired knowledge and your personal and business growth? You want an expert to assist you in the process as a sounding board and a second set of eyes or a trusted advisor? Contact Mitch Tublin today


  1. It’s so true that when an opportunity knocks that is no time to be preparing. I see small biz owners racing to do that pretty often, and usually they don’t get the results they are hoping for. Good point, Mitch!

    • Mitch Tublin Business Strategist says

      Yes Sue. During the summer we used to work part time painting. The head guy always said, “No use going off to paint a house if we don’t stop off first and buy the paint.” Mitch

  2. Mitch
    This is my takeaway today: You must, with intention, set into action a number of steps to continue along the path of success and to flourish in your growth.

    • Mitch Tublin Business Strategist says

      Agreed. I feel the steps are all there. They exist for everyone. We must choose which to climb and when. One thing for certain, we must take the first step! Mitch

  3. Mitch – This is why I love masterminds group so much too! It is a group of people all investing in themselves not only for their own benefit, but for the benefit of all whom they serve.

    I agree with your points here – when clients get worried about giving away too much of their “good stuff,” I almost always fill them in on the secret that 80% or more who read it won’t ever do anything with it! It’s sad, but true.

    When I return home from an event, I usually set aside some quiet time to reflect on my experience and what I learned. The poignant, important notes get rewritten in my event journal, and all of the items I want to share get written up in blog posts and ezine articles etc.

    Thanks – Jennifer Bourn, Bourn Creative

  4. Mitch Tublin Business Strategist says

    This is why you are so good at what you do! Well said. Mitch