Luck, timing and seizing the opportunity

September 17th, 2015

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Entrepreneurship is about a good idea, hard work, persistence, luck and seizing opportunities. Some may debate how much one affects the other.

Since launching tealbook, the stars have aligned in strange and inspiring ways.  People I’ve met, timing of milestones and opportunities…

A few months ago, one of my trusted advisors jokingly suggested that I should meet Kevin O’Leary from Shark Tank. That same afternoon, I walked into a SoHo hotel and there he was. Sitting by himself at the bar. What were the odds? I don’t watch much TV, but I will admit being a little starstruck. He looked busy and I didn’t want to impose. I was sure he had very little time to himself. But I also knew I wouldn’t get another opportunity like this. I had nothing to lose. So, I grabbed my business card (and my courage) and walked up to him and introduced myself.

Our interaction was short. He was not an evil shark;-). He asked about my business in NYC and tealbook. He congratulated my efforts and encouraged me to keep building the business. He did not offer to invest (nor did I ask), but that’s all beside the point. Timing was out of my control, but luck was on my side and I chose to seize the opportunity. Some lead to great outcome, others might be a good story to tell. Either way, you will never know if you don’t give it a chance.

What opportunities have you seized – or squandered – along your career path? I love to hear good stories.

Steph (slapierre@tealbook.com)

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