As one door closed late last week, another opened minutes later.

I sat on the beach, looking out at the stars and soaking up a warm summers night in Palm Beach. It was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. I had had a run of bad luck. Fortunately, not in business. It was more little things like parking fines and delayed flights. Things that don't matter too much but all together seem like a big deal. I also had the anniversary of my father's passing, which is never a great time for anyone.

But sitting on that beach, I had a moment of clarity. And then everything changed.

Some good advice I received was that every minute you spend doing something that you don't want to do, you are not able to do something that you do want to do. Or, for every minute you spend with someone that is not fulfilling your needs, you are missing the opportunity of being with someone who will.

It was at that moment that I had clarity. Every moment counts.

So, as I reluctantly closed one door, I took one step and opened another. And wow! I mean wow! Behind that door everything instantly became easy. The day became brighter. I felt like the minute I walked in the door, I was the most special person in the room. It is everything that I hoped for and more.

When a door closes in business, we sometimes get caught up in how the door actually closed and what was left behind it. If you take a few steps and maybe it means that it is more steps than you would have liked to have taken - you may find that you are pleasantly surprised. Maybe behind that second door are things that will change your life. That will make your business more successful. That will bring you more money and more opportunity.

Never be afraid to close a door that needs closing and open that next door when it's right in front of you with gusto. Take risks and live life. Afterall, isn't that part of what life is all about?
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Mellissah Smith

Mellissah Smith is a marketing expert with more than 20 years experience. Having founded and built two successful marketing companies internationally, she is well recognized as a industry thought leader and innovator. Mellissah started her career working with technology and professional services firms, primarily in marketing, public relations and investor relations, positioning a number of successful companies to list on the various Stock Exchanges around the world. She is a writer, technology developer and entrepreneur who shares her thoughts and experiences through blogs and written articles published in various media outlets. Brag sheet: #2 marketer to follow on Twitter (2003), Top 150 Marketers to Follow (2015), Top 10 innovative marketers (2014), 60K+ followers on Twitter with 97% authentic.

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