Don’t Blow That Opportunity: Be Prepared Always

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By Charles Lewis

Let’s get one thing straight – you are no Boy Scout. That has been well established by your clothing choices (no dopey uniform, just tailored suits) and actions (instead of building model airplanes you were showering with stewardesses last night at the Radisson). You let your record speak for itself.

Got it. Scout? No.

However, a big lesson can still be learned from the boys in blue (or khaki, whatever): be prepared. It is the Boy Scout motto and also a great mantra for the successful man. That’s right, sometimes being successful just comes down to being prepared for what comes before you.

You need to be ready for anything, gentlemen. You never know who you are going to run into on the street, on a bus, on a train, in line at the bank, etc. It could be your only shot to have face-to-face time with this person. Make it count. Be ready for them, they will be impressed.

As will you with yourself.

Prepare To Qualify

In fact, to be a true master of your domain you must be prepared for anything. Well, almost anything. There is no need to, say, truck around that scuba gear everywhere. But you should always at least be able to be as self-sufficient as possible with all things relating to business.

Meaning, you are able to do one of the following at all times:

  • Know the time
  • Be able to take quick notes
  • Make a phone call
  • Access the Internet
  • Read & respond to emails
  • Conduct cash and change transactions
  • Pay for things in an emergency
  • Prove who you are
  • Have access to health care
  • Hand out your contact info
  • Freshen your breath
  • Charge your devices
  • Hand over a copy of your business plan
  • Use a vending machine or pay phone

And that means on you at all times you should be carrying:

  • $500 Cash (4 $100 bills, 4 $20 bills, 1 $10 bill, 1 $5 bill, 5 $1 bills)
  • 8 quarters
  • Credit card
  • ID/Drivers License
  • Business cards
  • Pocket knife multi-tool
  • Insurance card
  • Pen
  • Notepad
  • Smart phone
  • Cell phone charger
  • Laptop or tablet and power supply
  • Printed copy of your latest business plan(s)
  • Bluetooth wireless mouse and keyboard (optional if your device is touch screen)
  • Gum/strips/mints for breath
  • Trusty lighter (hey, you never know)

How are you going to carry all of stuff around? Most of it will fit on your person in pockets. The rest, stow in your briefcase or your new friend the laptop bag.

You’ll be like the Bear Grylls of the business world.