I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity. – Oprah Winfrey
We have all heard the phrase, “Timing is everything.” But, I think the perspective from which you view that phrase is what’s really important. Unfortunately, too many people use this saying as an excuse to develop a victim mentality. They think, “I didn’t get what I wanted. Timing is everything. I just was not in the right place at the right time.”
Instead, let’s look at it differently. Timing really is everything, but it is about blooming where you are planted and knowing that you have to pay your dues. Putting in your time is not a bad thing. It allows you to develop and learn to be great. It is about putting yourself in the best position possible so that when opportunity comes your way, you are able to take advantage of it.
Unfortunately, most people don’t want to learn their craft. They get impatient, frustrated and then develop a victim mindset. We see this with Millennials in particular because they have lived in a world where you have so much access to knowledge. But, having access to knowledge doesn’t make you a leader just like having a library card doesn’t make you a librarian.
Perry Noble wrote a fantastic little ebook on this subject titled, “Not There Yet,” directed specifically to leaders under 30. I encourage you to download it for free and read it this weekend.
People who progress at a rapid pace and find true success are those who put in the work. They don’t blame time for passing them by and instead, use the time they have been given to prepare for the next level. Is there luck involved with becoming a high level leader? Of course there is. But the only people who ever get really lucky are those who do the hard work in advance.
Question: While you are “putting in your time,” what are you learning or developing to take your leadership to the next level?