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It’s easier to share a quote with you than to actually inspire a change in you. I aim for the latter. I want to persuade you to truly want to be full of your subject. To do this, I must convince you, more than adequately, that it is worth the journey.

So, here goes. There are many tables. You will get to some. And, when you get there, you’ll feel unworthy, won’t show up as the best version of yourself, won’t engage the many, many opportunities that show up in any conversation, as you are unaware or don’t know how to respond, and won’t be able to deliver the quality of value you’re capable of.

You and I both know when we’ve encountered someone full. I’m not speaking of the arrogant that like to pontificate. I am speaking of those who explore the depths in isolation, behind closed doors, when most spend hours, days, and weekends doing what ordinary people do. Those among us who isolate themselves well, can often engage well. They are so filled, multi-dimensionally—full—that they can give of themselves from the overflow.

There’s so much waste. Humans waste so much. They—we—waste so much potential. If we only knew how much potential we had, and how much we’re actually capable of, and experienced being a person of value, therefore powerful beyond recognition, at first, we’d waste far less time, far less of ourselves. Yes, that may be the longest sentence I’ve ever crafted, and it flowed like that, so I choose to leave it as is.

You are a gift. Gifts are meant to be given, fully. To give more fully, you must be full. You go into research, conversation, and writing filled. You can leave full. This is not just a critical distinction, it is a profound opportunity. Love is fair exchange.

You are capable of being so fully present in research, conversation, and writing that you become more in real-time. I know, here I go again being woo-woo. I’m not speaking of the alcoholic beverage made of vodka, peach schnapps, and cranberry juice typically served as a cocktail. Yes, I looked this up. And, I’m accepting my evolution. I’m okay with being thought of this way as long as I am increasing in efficient effectiveness. For clarity, I’m not interested in being dubiously or outlandishly mystical, supernatural, or unscientific just for the sake of it. I didn’t used to talk or write this way. I write, and I am increasingly aware of my evolution in real-time. The process fascinates me. God forbid I ramble, and I simply want to be a simple, clear, impactful messenger. Every word matters. Every word counts. You’re on this life-altering journey with me. We will get to know each other quite well as we continue up The Abundance Continuum.

All to say, “Oh, it’s worth it alright.” Allow me to share one of my favorite definitions of success. “Success happens when preparation meets opportunity,” said Hall of Fame NFL Coach Jimmy Johnson. I’m guessing he was inspired by the following quote, attributed to Roman philosopher Seneca: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

I’ve met many that didn’t appreciate this definition the way I do. How can you, if you’re not prepared? When you’re not prepared, you’re not full. When you’re not full, you’re unable to see the opportunity contained in the conversation you’re in. When you’re full, you can change the world. Because we’re full, we received a string of messages this morning. The guy we helped said, “Thank you!! I’m definitely extremely excited and cannot believe it’s real, still, and if it wasn’t for you pushing me to just go and talk to people, I don’t think I would have this kind of confidence!” His mother said, “Words cannot express how happy we are for him and completely acknowledge his ability to approach ANYONE and his confidence is a direct product of your work with him!” His dad added, “You and Monique have been a blessing to our family!!!” Convinced yet?