You missed out on the promotion and Nick got it instead.
You missed out on the girl and Tommy got her instead.
You missed out on first place because Sarah showed up to the competition early.
Were you in the wrong place at the wrong time? Or were they in the right place at the right time?
Where’s the right place?
Right here. Right where you’re meant to be. You chose to be here, now make the most of it.
Maybe you’re in an office you don’t like. Perhaps you’re in a city which is too cold.
There will never be a perfect place but it doesn’t have to be perfect to be right.
When’s the right time?
Right here. Right now you’re meant to be. You chose to be here at this time, now make the most of it.
Maybe you’re up early to study before work. Maybe you’re in the 2-3pm slump and looking for a distraction to keep you entertained.
There will never be the perfect time but it doesn’t have to perfect to be right.
Both of these have the same arguments. Waiting to be in the perfect place at the perfect time will result in a life filled with missed opportunities.
We’ve evolved to adapt to the unknown. Fast. If you want to be at the right place and at the right time more often, you have to create those moments.
Show up early.
Show up often.
Show up even when you don’t really feel like it.
Thrust into the unknown.
People who do these things consistently make their own luck. The beautiful thing? You’re capable of doing them too.