The Stranger With an Opportunity


It was another one of those days. Then… I talked to a stranger.

The day started off a little rocky for me. I didn’t wake up early enough to get my entire morning routine done. Moral of this little story, don’t hit snooze. Other than that, the rest of the morning and day went great. When I got up I knew what I needed to do to start the day off right and get me going.

After I got my tasks done for the company I’m subcontracting with, I headed out into the town to run some errands. First, I wanted to switch banks so I went to my current bank to cancel the account. When I got in I was greeted by that really long bank line. I reluctantly joined the rest of the people in the back of the line.

While in line, I did what a lot of us do, nowadays, when we’re waiting in line somewhere. Yup, you guessed it, I pulled out my phone. I quickly realized that I was getting deeply ingrained into my phone. Although, it was productive “phone fiddling” I soon recognized that everyone else was on their phone too. Then, I was reminded of something one of my mentors got stuck in my head, “Every moment is an Opportunity.” To say the least, I put my phone away shortly after that, and started a casual conversation with the guy next to me. The conversation wasn’t long at all. I told him what I did and he told me what he did for a living. I mentioned that the company I work with develops websites, apps, and software programs. After hearing that, he jumped a little, and then said that he started his own company on the side of what’s he’s doing and is actually, “Looking for someone to develop some things for me.”

After that, we each got called up to do our “bank business.” When each of us got finished with, and the friendly tellers remembered to say, “Thanks for banking with us and have a great day” we met afterwards and exchanged cards. He seemed ready and excited to get his business going. I was excited too, because if he did partner up with us, he would get a killer app software program, or website that his business would greatly benefit from.

Remember, even in the most awkward and strange circumstances, there is an opportunity or learning experience hidden somewhere. All you have to do is keep your eyes and mind open for it.

“Your big opportunity might be right where you are now.” -Napoleon Hill

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