Today I saw a cool update on Facebook from my buddy Jamie.  His 12-year-old daughter, Joy, had just landed her first job.

Wait, maybe that’s the wrong wording. Joy didn’t just land a job, she landed her first paying client.

Instead of waiting for an opportunity to knock, Joy created her own.

Joy took the initiative and decided she would start a pet sitting (and dog walking) service.

Joy took the initiative even further by creating and printing her own business cards.

Joy took the initiative by creating a flyer and posting it around the town.

Joy took the initiative to deliver the business cards and speak to people about her service.

And so it goes. The song remains the same. Opportunities are created by taking action, not by waiting for them to magically appear. It’s really that simple.

Thanks Joy for sharing this very valuable message with me again today. It’s often easy to forget. I’m glad you’re learning at such an early age.

I debated for a long time whether I should call this post “the song remains the same,” or, “Joy to the World.

I think it’s a little bit of both.

We’re lucky to have Joy. We need more like her….

Joy to the World.