I was on the 10th floor of a building in Osaka, Japan. I’d just finished a meeting. It went well and I was in a good mood.
I got in the elevator. Pushed “G” for the ground button. The elevator stopped on the 6th floor. A guy in his late sixties got in.
Ending the Silence
As always the elevator remained silent. But I was in a good mood. I said hello to the man and commented on the weather. It was a sunny but cold winter day.
He looked at me in partial shock. I don’t think he was expecting that I could speak Japanese.
We got into a quick discussion and continued it outside the elevator when we reached the lobby level.
He asked me what I did, I told him about our marketing and brand consulting company – which at that time I had co-founded and setup the Japan branch for the company.
I asked what he did, turned out he was the president of a large import/export business.
We exchanged business cards and ended up working together on some business.
That was business I got because I took the first step. I saw a small window of opportunity to start a conversation and took it. If I had remained silent in the elevator, as is so common, I would not have landed that client.
Robin Sharma in his book The Greatness Guide, talks about the time when he saw the big movie star Harvey Keitel and wanted to go up and meet him…but he didn’t. He lost the chance and regretted it.
Every day, whether you are having a good one or otherwise…there will always be windows of opportunity.
A slight opening to meet a new prospective client. A crack that you can pass through to promote your company. An opportunity for you to do so something what you want and when you don’t you later regret it.
The first step to making the most of these windows of opportunity (they are all around you every day) is to be open to seeing them.
Once you’ve found them, don’t hesitate. Go for them.
The worst thing that can happen is that they don’t pan out the way you would have hoped. A door might get closed on you. So what?
Going for something that you want, and hitting a roadblock or two, is far better that not going after what you want and regretting it.
Make it a great day!