Jan 25 2007

The Coincidence Of Success

Click to go to Mike's Money Making MissionIt’s strange how success can come about.  Anita Roddick, of Body Shop fame, said that when she started her very first shop she simply wanted sufficient money to survive and be able to feed her children.

The green colour for her stores wasn’t a flash of inspiration. It was chosen simply because it seemed the only colour that would cover the damp patches in her first premises.

Her story is full of coincidences that helped her along the way to a fortune. Even the way her franchises started wasn’t really her idea, someone approached her.

Similar coincidences appear in the Richard Branson, James Dyson and many other success stories. 

I believe that, once we start looking, things start to happen. It’s up to us to notice the opportunities that arise.  Unfortunately most of us pass them by or can’t be bothered to follow them through.

It’s a strange world.

Good luck,
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3 Comments on this post


  1. Lee said:

    Mike I’m a strong believer in the great pumpkin of the universe throwing stuff out there – in my life we too have had lots happen that has relied on various chances etc.

    Great post!

    Now I’m just waiting on the universe’s wheel to turn my way LOL

    January 25th, 2007 at 10:30 pm
  2. Ed the Editor said:

    The “green” and “fair trade” deals were very opportunistic marketing concepts that served Anita Roddick well. They sound very rosy ideals, but I can give the other side of the story too!

    Years ago I was involved in a fair trade program and I spent a lot of time dealing with a Nepalese guy who represented many villages in his region. I found him to be very honest and very fair, I also know how fair trade works, so I have no reason to disbelieve his story.

    He had dealings with Anita Roddick. She spent 4 days in his home “negotiating” deals on local herbs suitable for aromatic pillows. She said she was offering over market value so she could reinvest in community projects. She left empty handed, and he set up a program that really did help his people.

    International trade in natural resources is a dirty business, and gets even uglier IMO when ruthless business practices are shrouded in “good intentions”. Anyway, fair play to Anita Roddick, I am sure she did more good than harm.

    January 29th, 2007 at 4:29 pm
  3. Mike said:

    Lee: Good luck with the universe! I think that if we know what we want, and do our best to get it, then we get the help (if we notice it!) that we need. Coincidences aren’t actually by coincidence.

    Ed: I feel that Anita Roddick probably did more good than harm as she brought a lot of things to the publics’ attention.

    At the end of the day she did become a businesswoman and sometimes big business can taint original beliefs (in some cases).

    Interesting subject though. It’s that old thing about giving a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him to fish and you feed him for a life time.

    I don’t eat fish, so I’d still have a problem!

    Thanks for your comments,

    January 31st, 2007 at 8:32 pm


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