Did you know on this day…

That in 1875 the electric dental drill is patented by George F Green.
(I do not like this patent! I have a major phobia of dentists)

That in 1887 the ground was broken and construction began on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
(It’s one of my favourite places to see when I was in Paris!)

That in 1905 the world’s largest diamond, the 3,106-carat Cullinan, was found in South Africa.
(how much would that even be worth and what would you do with it??)

That in the 1st Winter Olympics in 1924, American skater Charles Jewtraw claims the first ever Winter Olympic gold medal; wins 500m speed skating event in 44.0s at the Chamonix Games in France.
(the Winter Olympics is my favourite winter time sports event – I love watching every single sport)

That Bill Clinton made his famous speech “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” in 1998.
(How is it possible that this took place 25 years ago! I remember that day.)

I was reading some historical facts and thought it would be interesting to share!

Opportunity is where luck meets preparation

The Collins English Dictionary describes opportunity as “a situation in which it is possible for you to do something that you want to do”.

Some examples of opportunities are getting help on a project, get testers for new ideas or products, create a team to work on an idea you have – of course there are many other examples of opportunity but this is just a short list.

So, can you prepare yourself for an opportunity? Can you foresee the future where the opportunity will arise for you and you are already for it? Some people believe you can. I am trying to make this happen for me.

I know where I want to go, when I want to be there and how long I want to be there. That’s part of the preparation. Am I lucky? I have been in the past. I’d like to believe I still am, I just need to bring it out.

Back in 2011, I made a decision to move out to Calgary, Alberta from southern Ontario. I had no job to go, nowhere to live, but I knew I had to do this. My gut told me to go there. So I prepared. I made phone calls to employment agencies before I left and had an appointment for shortly after I arrived. I scoured the internet for places to live, and one of the lawyers I worked for in Ontario suggested a couple of his friends for me to get in touch with in case they could help me. I sent emails to them before I left as well.

On October 10, 2011, I, along with my son, packed up my car and headed west. We had a couple of bumps on the way out there but we got out there in four days, and three days after we arrived, I had two job interviews and one of them offered me a job to start that following Monday. The day after that, I got a part time with a catering company and found a house to live in the same day. Because of my preparation and a little bit of luck, the opportunities were there and I took the chance and got them.

Calgary was the best move I’d made in my life at that point. I had a great job and met some incredible people who became some of my closest friends. I’m eternally grateful for taking the opportunities given to me.

You have to prepare yourself for opportunities. If the door of opportunity knocks, open it! We have to make our own luck. The difference between lucky and unlucky people is all in our perspective. My perspective is changing and I AM going to be lucky and thrive at this new chapter I’m about to write. I know it!

We are all human beings

There is a fascinating YouTube channel called “Yes Theory” – it’s a group of people who challenge themselves (and others) to step out of their comfort zone and make themselves do something that they never thought they’d ever do.

The most recent episode I watched was when two people switched lives for 72 hours – one from Austin Texas and one from Stockholm Sweden. They each went to the other’s home for 72 hours and immersed themselves into the other’s life, with friends and family.

The gentleman who came from Sweden and went to Texas is a motivational speaker – Steffan Taylor. One of his dreams was to come to America and speak to youth. This group of people gave him that chance, and during his speech, he talked about what we do. He said – you are not a teacher, you are a human being. You are working in business, that’s what you do, but that’s not necessarily what you are. You are not defined by your job, you are defined by who you are. Another thing he said was, you can fail at your job and even lose your job, but you can never fail with you are. Wise words.

It was so emotional and amazing to watch. He was touched just as much as the young people he spoke to. It was a dream come true for him, and he was so inspirational that it got me thinking of my situation. I’m not a babysitter or a nannie, I am me, and I am simply here for a short time helping with my grandson. Doing this does not define me. Being me defines me.

It was a very transforming YouTube video to watch. Take a few minutes and watch it. It’s pretty amazing.

Lotteries

Here in Canada, we have provincial lotteries, and national lotteries. Our lottery winners get their money tax-free. If you win $1 million, you get $1 million. It’s a great thing about Canada, if you happen to be lucky enough to actually win the lottery!

But, is it worth the money for the off-chance you win? Our national lottery is $5 a ticket, and our provincial lottery is $3. There are 2 draws a week for each of them, and a lot of people buy multiple tickets for each draw every week. Some spend $100s on the off-chance to win the lottery.

A lot of people buy tickets even when they can’t afford it. I was one of those for a long time. I still buy an occasional ticket here or there but I have made myself stop buying them as frequently as I use to. I have so many things I want to do in my life and wasting even $10 a week on tickets could go to my savings.

If the jackpot is quite high, there are so many people who buy tickets that it’s harder to win. My odds for winning are better if I buy tickets for the lower jackpots. At least that’s how I think!

Where you live, do you have lotteries? And do you buy tickets regularly?