How to ensure you are in the right place at the right time.

right place at right timeJune 29, 2011 Josh Richards works in the athletic department at George Mason University and is a Washington Redskins fan. He was also at the right place at the right time. Since the NFL lockout continues, many players have organized their own practice sessions. However, when only 23 Redskins players showed up for the voluntary practice one day, linebacker London Fletcher approached a crowd of fans and asked if anyone had "brought their stuff". His offer to allow a fan to help with the practice session was Josh Richards opportunity to live his dream for one day: play with the Redskins football team.

Being invited to practice with the Redskins wasn't all luck for Josh Richards. First, he made the effort to be in a position where London Fletcher would find him. Second, he was the only fan who had brought football equipment, thus allowing him to play on the field. Thirdly, he had already been there watching practice for 4 days. It was on the fifth day that not enough Redskin players showed up. His timing was right. With a lockout going on and practice being strictly voluntary the chances of not enough players being present was significantly higher.

Are you waiting for a larger opportunity?
If you want to move into a higher paying job at work are you making sure that you are in the right places and at the right times? Are you bringing the right tools or skills to work each day so that you are ready to step in when the opportunity is right?

The right place / the right time.
Being in the right place at the right time is not always luck bestowed on you from above. Being in the right place at the right time can be the result of organizing events and situations in your life so that you can reasonably expect a particular outcome. It also means you have identified where the right place for you is, and your educated guess on when the right time is. What can you do today to make sure you are in the right place at the right time?

The July / August edition of The Quarter Roll has a feature that lists the best days to get deals on things like airfare, clothing, groceries, and dining out. That is an example of planning ahead and using information that will allow you to control being in the right place at the right time!

 
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