I often hear people say, “I was just in the right place at the right time” but what if we’re in the right place but not the right time or the right time but wrong place? Does that mean we can’t be successful where we are?
Bob Taylor of Taylor Guitars says, “Some say you have to be in the right place at the right time in order to succeed. I think there is a lot of truth to that, but sometimes you might have to remain in the wrong place for a long time in order for your opportunity to present itself.”
I think the real issue is do you recognize when you are in the right place or the right time. Often I see business owners who jump from one project to another or even from one business to another because they see opportunity around every corner. The thing is opportunity is around every corner but success only comes from sticking to something and seeing it through to the end. That doesn’t mean we should ignore the new projects or opportunities but instead ask yourself how it will affect the projects you already are committed to.
Recently I had the opportunity to join a new mastermind group that is run by someone I really respect and want to get to know better. I had to turn it down because of prior commitments. That was really hard to do but I also know that there will be other opportunities to work with her on future projects.
What new project have you turned down or accepted only to regret it? Is your current projects really necessary to the success of your business or are they keeping you from seizing new opportunities?
Taylor, Bob (2011-02-04). Guitar Lessons: A Life’s Journey Turning Passion into Business (p. 123). John Wiley and Sons. Kindle Edition.