Strike while the iron is hot…

strike while the iron is hot

According toThe Phrase Finder

Strike while the iron is hot means to act decisively and take your opportunities when they arise.

Quoting from the Phrase Finder…

This old proverb clearly alludes to the imagery of the blacksmith or farrier at his forge. If he delays in shaping the iron when it is hot a pliable the metal soon cools and hardens and the opportunity is lost.

The expression is recorded in Richard Edwards’, The excellent comedie of two the moste faithfullest freendes, Damon and Pithias, circa 1566

I haue plied the Haruest, and stroke when the Yron was hotte. 

1566, eh? Guess there were some really wise people around back then! Of course in reality, there have always been “go getters”. Remember the fairy tales we learned about various animals that prepared for winter? built a better house? And so on…

Allow me to be succinct – I see very turbulent times ahead. Times that at least two generations of Americans have never experienced. And, with the normalcy bias being what it is, most folks will simply go about their daily lives until…  (As I write this, the Dow is up about 110, and is at or near a record high… what will some people do when THIS bubble bursts?!)

You’ve heard me speak about this before – PREPARE! As I get ready to spend summer in one of the most beautiful spots in the nation, I encourage you to prepare for what is likely coming our way.

This leads me to talk about…

OPPORTUNITY and TIMING

Now the word “opportunity” (in my humble opinion) is way over used in our society. Ambushing someone and bringing them to a “hotel opportunity meeting” gives the word “opportunity” a bad name! Opportunity only makes sense for YOU if … AFTER APPROPRIATE EVALUATION, you decide that there is GAIN for you – and – GAIN for others.

All business must be win-win – even a purchase at Ace Hardware MUST offer a tool for a price at which Ace profits AND you gain use and ownership of the tool at a price that makes it worth it to you.

So, what about timing? Well, in life, for those of us north of 20 or 30, timing is everything.

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Now, if you’re currently working with me in one (or more) of my projects – you presumably took action because you saw “an opportunity”, but will you strike while the iron is hot?? One of the “things I do” – and as an educator, its a natural for me… is support my team(s) – so, if you are looking to strengthen your position in the business you’ve elected to profit with, just remember that the best time to act is now! 

Allow me to call to your immediate attention a company called Rippln. This is a company that has grown from less than 50 to about 300,000 in about 2 weeks (nearly 6000 are part of my team!), and because of the nature of Rippln’s business model, the number of “ripplers” may grow into the tens or hundreds of millions… if you are already enrolled, are you following the ancient wisdom – strike while the iron is hot?! If you want to know what all the buzz is about – this post details a bit more about Rippln.

My other business ventures, while not growing at the pace Rippln is, ARE paying me – and some quite well. I mention this as I sought (and researched) opportunity – and did not let “grass grow under my feet”. Part of my motivation (my “why”) is to be able to realistically live an “on the road” lifestyle in my (luxury) RV.

If you agree with the points I’ve raised in this post, and you see time slipping away before the coming economic turmoil – what is holding you back from generating some (or significant) “location neutral” income? If you’ve been pitched on dumb idea after dumb idea – I can relate! So… here is my closing thought –

If you contact me (my skype is alan.sills), I can promise you this – we will have a frank and honest conversation with NO hype. And I will assure you this as well… every project I’m working on is build upon solid and long term business principles.

So, the next move is up to you… Will YOU strike while the iron is hot?


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