#248: Josh’s Lucky Break

In 1998, Josh found himself in a life-changing situation.

He was a 17-year-old singer working with a vocal coach.

Out of the blue, a famous music producer called him one afternoon.

The producer was in a pickle.

A singer who was scheduled to perform at a special event wasn’t going to make it. So, the producer needed to find a substitute singer fast.

He hired Josh on the spot. And that opportunity put Josh on a quick path to fame and fortune.

In this short podcast episode, I relay Josh’s story. And I explain what it can teach us about the role preparation plays in “lucky breaks.”

Don’t miss this one. The lesson is critical… and the story is surprising.

The notes that follow are a very basic, unedited summary of the show. There’s a lot more detail in the audio version. You can listen to the show using the audio player below. Or you can subscribe in iTunes to get this show delivered straight to the Podcasts app on your smartphone, tablet or iPod.


Josh was terrified as he walked on stage for that rehearsal.

After all, this was no regular rehearsal. It was for the Grammy Awards show.

Josh was to fill in for Andrea Bocelli.

And sing a duet with Celine Dion.

The rest is history.

Josh went on to have an extremely successful career. His first four solo albums are certified multi-platinum, and in 2007, he was the number-one best-selling artist in the US, with over 22.3 million records.

By 2012, he had sold over 25 million records worldwide.

The lesson here is simple. We can talk about lucky breaks all day long. They make great stories.

But luck only happens when preparation meets opportunity.

We’re given opportunities every single day.

The key is to be prepared. Do your best. Study your craft.

Then, when the right opportunity comes your way, you can take full advantage of it.




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