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Timing is Everything

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Published Monday, March 21, 2011 8:00 AM by andyleonard

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Jorge Segarra said:

As always, great post Andy! One thing that struck me about Poking the Box is the 500lb gorilla in the room: fear. I've seen/heard many a time where you get someone who WANTS change, wants to make a difference but for whatever reason or another fear paralyzes the individual to move forward. Will there be a "Fear Factor" post in your series to help folks move past this barrier? :-)

March 21, 2011 8:47 AM

K. Brian Kelley said:

I heard a saying recently that made a deep impression on me. "Those who are considered successful have failed many times. Those who are considered failures have usually failed just once." As a goalkeeper I learned I can't make every save. Case in point: . The goalkeeper never moved. Why not? There was no chance. But he didn't give up being a goalkeeper after Rooney's spectacular score. Why do we accept this as part of sports but not as part of life?

March 21, 2011 9:04 AM

SQLChap said:

"See those folks ahead of you on the path? They're no different than you. You're no different from them. They started on the path earlier - that's all."

Or they are travelling faster...

March 21, 2011 11:15 AM

jonmcrawford said:

"Overnight success takes about a decade." favorite quote ever.

Jorge has a good point, Fear is a good post topic. My personal take is two-fold: 1) realize that the future consists of reactions to action taken in the present, therefore changing your present necessarily changes the future 2) As advocated by Tim Ferris in Four Hour Work Week, imagine the WORST POSSIBLE SITUATION that can happen, and try to decide how your fear really compares to that.

@SQLChap - Doesn't matter how fast the others are travelling, just matters that you're moving forward. There will always be someone who is better at what you do than you, if not now, then later when they learn from your example and get to your level easier than you did. It's not worth wasting time and energy thinking about it.

March 21, 2011 3:04 PM

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