I love the adage: It’s better to be prepared and not have an opportunity than to have an opportunity and not be prepared. I take those words to heart. I mean, I travel to work five days a week with my notary journal, my notary stamp, blue pens and cah (singles and small bills to break large bills when clients pay with cash). I don’t allow myself to miss a notary opportunity if I can help it. And I carry all my supplies in a gently used brown leather briefcase just feminine enough to go with any business casual attire I don on, but professional enough to be taken seriously.

Just last week, I had a client email me asking to meet them within an hour and 45 minute window, however, I didn’t get the message (because they emailed rather than called me) until 40 minutes from their requested time. Oh, but I was on my way. And on time, needless to say. And… was greeted graciously because I had shown up on time before they could even respond back to my email message. That was a little risky on my part because for all I knew, they could’ve gotten someone else to notarize the documents. But fortune was on my side.

Take a risk, earn the reward. But not every risk is greeted happily with a reward. It’s still worth the risk.

I was a little late to work. But I texted my office I’d be 15 minutes late. In the name of an opportunity I refused to miss, unbeknownst to them.

I strongly encourage you stay prepared. Days and weeks and months may go before you’re greeted with an opportunity, but when you get it, it feels good knowing you had all the preparations made in advance. The reward feels good.

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