It’s A New Day

As things change, so should we

Good Morning, ladies and gents.

Strange times we’re living in, wouldn’t you say? 2020 has gotten off to an infamous start. Kind of wish we could press pause, then rewind and try this year all over again. But we can’t. We are together in this together whether we like it or not.

First and foremost, to my ladies out there, I hope you took time this past Sunday to celebrate yourselves in honor of International Women’s Day. And not just because you’re women, but because of your achievements in a society that did not originally include you. That’s called adversity. And you should be damn proud for it.

Secondly, the coronavirus. Oh, my damn. I don’t even know what to think other than wash your hands. I went to the store the other day and there were total of 8 small packs (the ones with the 4 oversize rolls) left on the shelves. Literally. Like, people are going nuts out there when all they really need to do is take better precaution. Which leaves me to believe most people don’t regularly wash their hands. And I don’t know why not. We’ve been telling them since they were 3 years old. It’s not that hard. Preferably with some hot water and adequate soap. But, whatever.

In light of the coronavirus, I do want you all to take care of yourselves out there. And by out there, I mean, in your daily lives. Remember, small child, the elderly and people with compromised respiratory issues are the highest at risk. The rest of us healthy individuals have a lower risk of getting it as long as we’re diligent with taking precaution.

However… this does offer a window of opportunity for those hustlers out there who love a good idea to birth. Think about what’s going on with the stock market, people’s fear of the coronavirus, large events canceling or postponing. Do you see opportunity here? How will you approach it? How will you turn the market decline into your shining moment? Not at the expense of people, but rather at the expense of the market.

Okay my fellow hustlers. Stay on the grind.

Get Motivated: It’s Better to be Prepared and Not Have an Opportunity…

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.