So Darren Brown has this fantastic video where he sets up a butcher — a self-admitted unlucky butcher, at that — to run into several, unanticipated opportunities throughout his day. The question they were trying to answer was simple: was this man actually unlucky, or were his eyes just closed to the chances around him?
As you may have expected, all of these opportunities went right over his head. He brushes off a girl doing a survey, ignores the winning lotto ticket in the street, and simply does not observe when a few other incredibly lucky hijinks happen. You can watch it here, if you like.
It really makes me wonder…
What opportunities do we simply not notice?
I mean, the fact that I am typing this on a laptop with internet access means that I have access to 3.2 billion other people who might be waving a golden opportunity right in front of my face, if I only knew how to look for it.
What job opportunities might I find? What articles, what clients? It’s bigger than that, even. My sight is limited by my own tastes and proclivities, and there are plenty of other could-have-been-greats floating around out there in the cyber sea.
Let’s stay curious, open-eyed, and hopeful.
Opportunities are everywhere!
P.S. Upon reading the youtube comments for this Derren Brown video, I have learned that this butcher was killed when he was struck by two cars. Yeah, I know. Not one, but two. Sorry buddy, RIP. The cosmos has a brutal sense of humor sometimes. Sometimes you really can just be unlucky.