The 365 Commitment

Day 154 – Collision with Success

Success is always planned and hoped for, yet it’s rarely expected when it actually happens. Often, success seems to collide with us almost accidentally. As we stumble along our intended path, trying and failing, success emerges seemingly from nowhere, surprising us. This process appears chaotic and unpredictable, prompting the question: Do we have any control over it? Can we influence our collision with success?

Absolutely. To understand how, let’s revisit our high school physics. Although reluctantly learned, the principles of kinetic theory remain unchanged. This theory explains how increasing the density of particles in a given volume leads to more frequent collisions. This phenomenon, occurring naturally, applies to our lives as well.

By placing ourselves in environments densely populated with people who can help, support, or fund us, we significantly increase our chances of a serendipitous encounter with someone positioned to assist us. What feels like a miraculous event is actually the result of being in closer proximity to those who can make a difference in our lives. The strategy, then, is to immerse ourselves in environments where we’re surrounded by the kinds of people who can aid in our success.

Hence, the real work behind achieving success is more about association than anything else. To attain success, the most effective action you can take is to draw closer to those who have succeeded in your chosen field. The more you engage with them—reaching out, listening, responding—the more you amplify your surroundings with their presence. This, in turn, boosts your chances of a fortuitous ‘collision’ with success.

In physics, increasing the density of particles in a confined space often relates to increased pressure. This analogy extends to our pursuit of success. The more we interact and collaborate with others, the more pressure we create. Spending enough time in these high-pressure environments makes bumping into success not just a possibility but an inevitability.

So, think of it this way: Your success is inevitable. Or, to put it in terms of our analogy, increasing the density of successful individuals in your area of interest makes your eventual collision with success unavoidable.

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