Vivid Views is my series of articles, blog posts and press releases show-casing my work as an author and reflecting my many years in business and self-employment. They are a blend of my real life experiences, professional insights, personal views and fun stories.
My hope is that in them you find enlightenment and inspiration. 'Out Of The Blue' is the 22nd in the series.
The term 'out of the blue' refers to an event that occurs unexpectedly, without any warning or preparation. It originates from the phenomenon of a sudden thunderstorm striking from an immediately prior clear sky. It is likely that at some point in life you have experienced just such a soaking, most people have! And there's a good chance that you have been subject to some sort of other completely unforseen circumstance occurring in your life too … several probably. So, as much as an out of the blue experience is unexpected, you can be pretty sure that somewhere, sometime you will be party to one. In other words, you should expect the unexpected!
Yes, the unexpected will find you .. but, and here's the key point .. it won't find you unless you make yourself available. That means putting yourself in the right place so that when the surprise arrives you will be open to receiving it. If, for example, you never go outside on a sunny day then there is no likelihood of you being caught in an out of the blue downpour. Nor will you get mugged in a dark alley late at night if you never go to such a place at such a time. And, on the brighter side, what chance is there of you enjoying plasant surprises if you do not position yourself to receive them?
From an entrepreneurial viewpoint there is only one way to ensure that you are best positioned to benefit from positive windfalls – and that is to be self-employed. In that state it is you, rather than someone else, who can take advantage of extraordinary commercial opportunities as they arise.
First of all though, you must work diligently at your chosen enterprise. Work hard, work smart, do all the right things to create a thriving, profitable and fun business … yes, be sure to enjoy yourself! As you do that, keep an eye out for the unusual, opportunities that may not be directly related to your activity or which may diverge from your chosen direction, but which nevertheless conform to your overall strategy. These 'out of the blues' remember, will not present themselves unless you are already establishing a formidable business presence; that is, you have made yourself available.
But then, some day, the extra big break will just 'drop into your pocket' as if from nowhere. Believe me, it happens. I myself have experienced the phenomenon several times. Some of my most lucrative pieces of work arrived from 'nowhere'. Not all related directly to my mainline work - but I said 'Yes' anyway - and was able to carry out the work because I was in the right place (self-employed and working hard) to receive the surprises when they arrived. This is crucial, so I repeat – it is first essential to be successfully self-employed in the first instance. Make yourself well known, establish your reputation. That is the circumstance in which the windfall business deals may appear as if from nowhere. That is when you will enjoy success – out of the blue!
I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal.
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