Timing Is Never Perfect
I remember when my wife, Alia, told me she was pregnant with our first child. In my mind, we were not ready for a child. I had a vague idea of what variables needed to be in place before Alia and I could start a family. To be honest, we probably wouldn’t have any kids today if I waited for everything to be perfect, before we started.
I relish the day when I can travel to a speaking engagement without being sick, injured, or dealing with a life issue that threatens to derail my trip and my career. I’ve concluded that day will probably never arrive, because alas, life is rarely perfect. My journey is flawed and riddled with bad timing. Things just happen at the worst times and I never seem to have my “ducks in a row”. In the last few months, I’ve lost my West Point class ring, my wedding ring, and my expensive, prescription sunglasses. I’ve accidently booked the same flight twice. I literally had two seats reserved for me on the same flight, because of my error! I’ve showed up to the airport and realized that I never booked a rental car, I’ve showed up to the wrong airport! I’ve squandered countless dollars on stupid mistakes, I’ve missed flights, lost deals, and screwed up presentations because life isn’t perfect. All this occurred at the same time as I was building a very solid speaking business and earned more money than I’ve ever earned in my career and projected to make even more money this year.
I should’ve quit and went home on several occasions, because everything seemed to indicate that timing was just not right. It was like the world was telling me that it was just not the right time to be doing anything productive, might as well go back home to my comfort zone and wait it out until I had all green lights to the airport and nothing bad ever occurred. Thank God I never did that!
Success in life is simple in theory, but difficult to execute. Work with clarity and have the courage to act on the right things. The hard part is to work with clarity and to not be distracted with what life throws at you. When you’re in the act of achieving something meaningful, your obstacles look like huge mountains and the nights seem eerily dark. You often feel alone and frightened that you will be exposed as a failure. The truth is, failing doesn’t make you a failure, it makes you human. Failure is temporary, but regret is forever. Our world is teeming with failures, because we’re all failures. If you haven’t failed, then you haven’t lived. The difference between a failure and a loser, is that failures keep going. Timing is never right to achieve something great, so stop fretting over the things you simply cannot control and start achieving, despite bad timing. Success will find those that are actively pursuing something meaningful. When it comes to success, timing is always right to take that leap towards the rest of your life. What are you waiting for?