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