There’s something to be said for being in the right place at the right time. But for every right time, there are thousands of wrong times, times when it feels like you’re doing the wrong thing altogether. Times when the data seems to show that your dream just isn’t worth it, that you’re never going to achieve the big goals you’ve set for yourself.
But being in the right place at the right time is really a lesson in persistence. It’s a reminder that a relentless pursuit of your goals is the only way to “get lucky.” You’re going to feel stupid at times. You’re going to look around and feel lonely. Even your friends are going to shake their heads and remind you that what you’re trying to attempt is madness.
Consider that a reminder that your right time is coming. It’s not today; right now is not the moment you’re going to win. But if you keep coming back to the right place—if you keep doing the things that success demands—you’re going to be in the right place at the right time and accomplish mind-blowing feats of extraordinary success. It’s not just possible, it’s inevitable.
When you try hard enough for long enough, you can’t help but achieve your goals. If you’re not there yet, you shouldn’t think that your goal is silly or impossible. Just quietly remind yourself that today isn’t the right time, but maybe tomorrow is. And this is all the more reason to keep showing up.
It’s the most important reason you should keep trying—because tomorrow might be the day you find yourself standing at the right place at the right time.
And when that happens, all those wrong times, all the frustration you’ve felt, will fade away in the glory of finally having figured it out. And when that happens, you will know that it has all been worth it.
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Dan Waldschmidt is an international business strategist, speaker and author. He is author of the soon-to-be-released Edgy Conversations: How Ordinary People Achieve Outrageous Success. For more information, go to danwaldschmidt.com.