God gift, purposeful manifestation, happy accidents, coincidence - whatever you want to call it, things happen. The path to the outcome cannot always be traced until the event horizon is reached, hindsight is always perfect sight. Or is that the only truth? If I am paying attention, I can take advantage of the early warning of opportunity ahead. Here are some steps I have found that help to unveil the path unseen or not noticed as I think of it.
Even seemingly insignificant events catching my attention can change my direction, either mentally or physically. A random event or observed situation may contain a clue or be a signpost. I ask myself, what was I just thinking about? Is it connected? I always scan my surroundings to check out what is going on on and do I know anyone.
A chance meeting with someone I know, or a stranger, might just be the person I need or who connects me to the person I really need. Is there someone who I have wanted to talk to, and I know who they are, and suddenly there they are. I go and introduce myself to them. I might tell them I like what they do and I ask them what they are doing lately. Make the encounter about them first to grab their attention. Meeting them is now an open door and if they respond to my attentiveness to them, I ask my question. You never know who has the answers to a question unless it's asked. I have started conversations with strangers while waiting in lines and received valuable insights.