A Fortuitous Encounter Changed a Life

Ted had a penchant for embellishing the stories he told about himself. The number of times his first book was rejected ranged from 20 to 43. The actual number was probably 27.

Ted was on his way home to burn the manuscript of his first book when he ran into an old college buddy on Madison Ave. It was an encounter that changed the trajectory of his life.

Some people might call Ted’s encounter a divine appointment. Others say the universe conspired to help him.

God and the Universe are outside of your control.

Image of a box of chocolates.

Anticipate what you give more than what you get.


You will encounter someone who will change the trajectory of your life. It might happen today.

Forest Gump’s mom told him, “Life is a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Optimists live with a hint of anticipation. But you don’t always get chewy chocolates. Sometimes it’s a strawberry cream. Or you might get nuts that make you gasp and turn blue.


Coleman Cox said, “I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have.”

Ted had labored over a book for six months and was beating the pavement to sell it when his fortuitous encounter occurred.

Hard work prepared Ted for good fortune.

A shift:

You never know when you might be ‘Ted’s friend’. The question isn’t who will lift your trajectory. The question is whose trajectory will you lift.

Anticipating your fortuitous encounter is nice. It’s more excellent to be the person Ted met.

Anticipate what you give more than what you get.

Ted’s friend had just gone to work for Vanguard Press. It was 1937. Ted went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for his contribution to children’s literature. You might know Ted Geisel as Dr. Seuss.

What type of people are able to lift the trajectory of others?