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{March 6, 2009}   Carpe Diem

Laying in my bed with both eyes closed I remembered doing runway in front of a casting director for America’s Next Top Model. Three times he watched me walk back and forth in front of him, but neither time was I satisfied with my walk. Although it was all a dream, whenever I woke up I realized that if I had been prepared I would have nailed those runway walks and would have landed the job.

 

So the moral of the story? Be prepared in all seasons because you never know when life’s perfect opportunity is going to surprise you. The perfect example of this concept is unfortunately, Chris Brown. Developing his dance skills from the time he was a toddler, Brown was simply prepared whenever he was “discovered by a local production team who visted his father’s gas station searching for new talent” (Chris Brown Biography).

 

By pursuing what he enjoyed and chasing it constantly, the day finally presented itself whenever he could display his talent for the people who would advance his career.

 

So, am I saying that you should wait for the “perfect” day to move forward with your life?

 

Not at all. I think that any professional would say that whatever they’ve prospered with in life has been something that they’ve chased after, but not out of necessarily a conscious decision or force of habit, rather from passion that makes hours of preparation bearable – and impossible to live without.

 

So, my advice for achieving your dreams is to literally be prepared on all occasions. Ecclesiastes 11:6 says to “plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both” (Ecclesiastes).

 

In laymen’s terms, be well rounded in whatever you’re interested in! Life can be short, why not invest in everything that you’re interested in? Who knows maybe you’ll be good at it all! And if not, you have a better understanding of who you are.

 

In Confidence,

 

Gabrielle

 

Works Cited:

Ecclesiastes. 6 Mar. 2009 <http://www.newlivingtranslation.com&gt;.

 

“Chris Brown Biography.” 6 Mar. 2009 <http://www.musictory.com&gt;.

 

 

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Kenna says:

This sounds a lot like the advice Vince Orza gave the class during last week’s business. He obviously strongly believes that if you don’t try, you’ll never be successful. I do think you should be prepared when “opportunity knocks.” At the same time, I think you also have to take the opportunity when it arises. Sometimes you’re not going to be 100 percent prepared, but if you never try… you never win!



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