The MinuteMentality


Audio Blogcast #6:

"Be ready for any opportunity, at a moments notice."

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. -Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
The sure way to miss success is to miss the opportunity. - Victor Chasles, French critic

During the French and Indian War (1754-1763) and the American Revoultionary War (1775-1783), small groups of highly trained militia, known as Minutemen, played a vital role and were a necessary force, in the success and outcome of the wars. Minutemen were an elite force, highly mobile, and were the first to arrive at battle. Minutemen were handpicked, specifically for their traits of speed, enthusiasm, strength, and reliability.

They were fast. They were mobile. And they were ready.

Lately, I've been working toward adapting the mindset which I refer to as the MinuteMentality. To distill it down into a few bite-sized sentences, The MinuteMentality is the act of becoming a person that is ready for any opportunity, at a moments notice. By developing and nurturing the knowledge and skills necessary for opportunities and success NOW, you are preparing yourself, so that when opportunity comes knocking, or better yet, when you are the one who knocks, you will be more than ready and able for it.

We need to develop the Minutemen attitude of being"ready in a minute" for whatever opportunity, or obstacle we may face.

So how do we adopt the MinuteMentality mindset?

The MinuteMentality is an ever-evolving mindset (just like anything else), however, what rings true to me (right now anyway) is for us to adopt the MinuteMentality requires a level of preparation, forethought, adaptability, and rapid skill acquisition (RSA).

To dive further, I have composed 2 list:

  • Why should you adopt the MinuteMentality.
  • How to adopt the MinuteMentality.

Why should you adopt the MinuteMentality?

  1. Build the life that you want.
    • Through preparation, determination, enthusiasm, and hard work NOW, you will set yourself up to create the life that you want to live.
  2. Position yourself to have and create more opportunities.
    • The MinuteMentality gives you more options. By developing yourself, and working towards mastering your crafts and skills, you will position yourself to have and create more opportunities.
    • The MinuteMentality is about being ready and able when you need to be.
  3. Grow your confidence.
    • By cultivating your skills and knowledge base, you will begin to feel more confident in your abilities, and people will be able to see that confidence, which will allow for greater positioning and opportunities.
  4. Allows you to stand out from the crowd.
    • All of your preparation, forethought, and hussle will put you head-and-shoulders above the average person who is just floating through life.
    • Don't be empty. Don't be a "floater". Choose to be different. (and maybe you'll rub off on others that see that difference).
    You have to be willing and able to do something different, if you want your life to be different.
  5. Become the person you want to be.
    • By being ready and adaptable to life's opportunities and obstacles you will become the person you have envisioned yourself to be. I believe greater opportunity leads to more happiness and a more fulfilled life.

    “Success is not something you pursue. What you pursue will elude you. It can be like trying to chase butterflies. Success is something you attract and accumulate by the person you become.” -- Jim Rohn

How to adopt the MinuteMentality.

  1. Hard work NOW, leads to opportunity, success and reward down the line.
    • How many times have we heard, said or thought something similar to "Man, I wish I could do X", "I wish I knew how to do Y" and "I wish I could be Z"...
    There is nothing keeping you back from doing X, knowing Y and becoming Z.
    You just have to start Now.
    You just have to take that first step towards XYZ.

    For example, I've always wished I knew how to write. I love a good story (nonfiction or fiction). The feeling when a story hits home, and the fact that just words on a screen can instill such a range of emotion and experience is amazing and powerful! During Middle and High School I was never really that great in English class. Grammar, spelling, and all the nitty-gritty stuff about writing were just a giant question mark to me. (?) (eg where the heck do all of these commas go anyway? should, I, put, a, comma, after, every, word, just, to, be, safe...?) I would get lost in the mishagas of the do's and dont's of English, and try to avoid the subject and writing as much as possible.
    I've realized now that if I want to become a writer and learn how to be great at it, I need to start NOW, I have to take that first step. Thats what is. The first step.

  2. Have a mindset of success.
    • Its not going to happen unless you believe in yourself. Believe that you can.
    Go after what you want.
    Be the person you want to be.

    Of course there will be ups and downs, just keep in mind the mantra by Samuel Beckett,

    "Ever tried.
    Ever failed.
    No matter.
    Try again.
    Fail again.
    Fail better."
    You will find your way towards success.
    "you miss 100% of the shots you don't take." - Wayne Gretzky.
    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do." - Mark Twain.
  3. Teach yourself how to learn, and how to do it quickly.
    • You need to be able to study and learn things on your own. It's how we can grow as a person. It's how we can make ourselves stronger.
    • Be the master of your education.
    • You are in control of what you choose to learn, and what not to learn. Therefore, learn all that you can about the fields you want to be in. The knowledge you gain will bring more opportunities in those fields.
    • Learn to teach yourself new things quickly and on the fly. Most topics or skills (eg Computer Programming, Art) evolve and change at a rapid pace. That means we need to evolve and change rapidly as well. We must learn as we go, and not be afraid to fail our way to success. We must be quick and adaptable.
    • For example, I block out a little time every morning for personal development. I make the time to read, write and try to learn something new and interesting everyday. Whether I'm learning about art, (improving my design skills for, my design business) music, or fitness or whatever I want to learn, it doesn't matter, as long as I am learning something I want to learn or improve on. I highly recommend a morning routine, it will change your life. The point is to never stop learning and improving yourself, and with that mindset you will go a long way.

  4. Prepare for what you can, adapt to the rest.
    • We can't be ready for every situation, every scenario and every opportunity and obstacle that comes our way.
    • Thats ok.
      Prepare for what you can.
      Adapt to what you cannot.
      We have to roll with the punches.
      We need to bend, not break.
      And on those bad days, We need to reset, and start fresh.
  5. Track, Test, Question, Repeat.
    • Test and track what you are learning / doing.
    • Ask a lot of questions.
    • Make sure you are optimally doing what you need to do to achieve your goals.
    • And if somethings not working, switch things up.
    Experiment your way towards success.

Without the Minutemen, our history would have most likely been written in a very different way. The Minutemen helped shape the course of history.

So lets write our own history. Lets be the best we can be. Lets choose, at the very least, to be different. Lets adopt the MinuteMentality and become modern day Minutemen and Minutewomen. Ready and Able to take on the challenges and obstacles that are thrown our way.

> We will be strong.
> We will be adaptable.
> We will pour our hearts and souls into everything we do.

So up and at 'em. We've got some work to do my friends. Opportunity is calling.

Reminder #6: Adopt the MinuteMentality mindset. Be ready for any opportunity at a moments notice through preparation, forethought, adaptability, and >rapid skill acquisition (RSA). You have what it takes.

What are your thought on the MinuteMentality? What would add or subtract to it? Leave a comment below, or feel free to send Me an email at I would love to hear from you!


Josh Waggoner