Serendipity Demands You Are There For It!

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I am traveling.  First, to Austin, Texas. Then, to Denver, Colorado.  But why? Seeking work.  It can be a very engaging, consuming effort in and of itself.  Soliciting work, whether hired directly or as a consultant, is a process that continues to evolve, ever more quickly, than at any time in our past.

Soliciting work, whether hired directly or as a consultant, is a process that continues to evolve, ever more quickly, than at any time in our past.

In years past, you went through the Sunday newspaper (at a minimum). Reached out to friends, colleagues, and those they suggested you consider talking to.  Now, newspaper doesn’t exist for all practical purposes.

Today, we build websites, write blogs and contribute to others, build networks online, continue to grow our in-person networks, take calls at all hours, and strive to show our own unique value.  Ever mindful that, no matter who you are, you aren’t just competing with your neighbor.  You are competing with someone on the other side of the world.

Much of the effort expended is online, sitting in front of a computer, or pushing bits with the digital device in our hand’s palm.  We take pictures, capture our thoughts, and share them with those we believe may be interested.

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Depending on your age, you may gravitate toward, or away, from personal contact, direct personal interaction, in building relationships.  My own preference is toward engaging with people personally to the extent possible and realistic.  There is nothing like being able to meet someone in person, to put a face, a voice, with the contact ‘info’ in our various minder systems.

There is nothing like being able to meet someone in person, to put a face, a voice, with the contact ‘info’ in our various minder systems.

As opportunity permits, I have been taking some pictures going to and fro.  Getting up early, or staying out late, helps get to know the place.  Is it busy on Saturday morning? What about Tuesday nights?

Austin - Capitol RunnersYou just mind find that Texas Independence is being celebrated with a marathon (among things), and that most of downtown’s been cordoned off.

You may find that, despite the early hour, the cool temps, that the motor officers are friendly folks that enjoy talking with you.AustinCycleCops_jtpedersen_search_work

 

 

 

 

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One thing I have noticed.  It does not matter what state I visit, every Capitol Building is a grand testimony to the people it represents.

 

 

 

This trip, I chose driving over flying.  In part, because I love road trips.  While I did take the car, as an avid motorcyclist, part of what I love about road trips is that you just never know what you’re going to discover.

Or, when.  Quite often timing is everything. And, you have to be there in most cases.  Serendipitous moments rarely occur digitally.  To experience something, to find opportunity, often you just simply need to be there for the experience.

This last picture is a perfect example. Driving through Arkansas, as the sun was setting, I just happened to look to my right. Framed by the car’s window, the brief flare of a beautiful sunset showed through the trees.  A moment later, I saw the sign for a rest area…and the water.

Spur of the moment, three events in close succession, I dove for the off ramp. In the waning moments, abandoning the tripod, I grabbed the bag and trotted toward the shoreline.  Turns out, concrete picnic tables make great tripods (cold, but solid).  So, here you go (makes a good desktop wallpaper):

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Image credit(s):
Spectrum drops – Damian Hock