Always be prepared for a new opportunity or a soft touch of success!
I've considered offering my services as a speaker/teacher to my church, but simply had not done so yet. Just this morning, my pastor asked me to teach a several week class on publishing!
And a little sparkle of success came from one of our church members who is leaving. He had purchased my fourth book directly from me and then surprised me yesterday by arriving with the others in his hands, asking if I would sign them! (He had ordered them on Amazon.)
Both of these were complete surprises, and yet I have been working steadily and faithfully for many years. Persistence and consistence is the key!