Because the point of this post is that being prepared is the other necessary ingredient and preparation has to be more than 20% of what it takes to succeed, right? I mean, the cliche is that if you ‘fail to prepare you prepare to fail’. That’s got to be worth more than 20%.
Anyway, I’ve experienced time and again that showing up creates connections with great people and opportunities that would not have appeared otherwise. And without preparation, I would not have made it through those doors of opportunity.
Lets use Twitter as an example. By showing up on Twitter fairly early and diving in I’ve been reaping benefits for years. The first few months I was on Twitter I met two guys who ended up becoming great friends of mine and helped me move a few months later. How many of your friends that you’ve had for years help you to move? How many who you met a couple of months before moving have ver helped you to move? See my point?
Over the last few years by showing up on Twitter I’ve met my fiance (we’ve been together for three and a half years and I love her more every day), helpful strangers that became friends, industry leaders, clients, job connections and great friends. These relationships have led to speaking opportunities, being asked to write for Huffington Post, jobs, good times connecting in person, and the success I’ve enjoyed in living in Seattle for only a few months.
Another example is showing up in person. I attended events in Boulder like Boulder/Denver New Tech Meetup (BDNT) and Boulder Open Coffee Club, among other volunteer projects, that resulted in similar opportunities to what Twitter gave me.
In fact, multiple opportunities each week are flowing my way partially because my job includes showing up in the community, and partially because I co-founded the Seattle Tech Meetup (STM) which has attracted over 1,100 members in 4 months. I was only able to launch STM because I had attended BDNT for six years previously and knew how successful the concept could be for the thriving Seattle tech community.
The other invaluable ingredient was that by showing up in Boulder I was surrounded by turned on entrepreneurs helping our community and encouraging each other to build events like STM. I brought that experience and spirit with me which prepared me to launch STM in a powerful way with a plugged in and turned on co-founder. For tips on building similar entrepreneurial communities in your town read Brad Feld’s Startup Communities.
Showing up and meeting great people allowed invitations of opportunity to flow, but being prepared allowed me to embrace the opportunities. How has showing up after being prepared, or not prepared, affected your success?