The truly great people — the ones who are happy and fulfilled and full of life — just go where they’re invited. They look outward. They see needs and fill them. They see people and laugh with them. They see problems and solve them. They show up. And they do it every damn day, only briefly considering their options, but knowing that NOT showing up isn’t going to be one of them.
The Dark Art of Questioning Everything
John Gorman
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Throughout my life, I have shouldered my fair share of tsk-tsking from the more industrious of my sphere. I’ve been called opportunistic, rudderless, lackadaisical and short on long-term goals. I’ve also been told that I am the luckiest son of a bitch to ever belly up to the best gravy trains in town. All true.

I used to look around and wonder why I couldn’t hear the drum beat to which my peers were marching. All the while I sought a metaphor that could galvanize my approach. Riding a wave? Swinging on monkey bars? The eater of low-hanging fruit? Again, all true.

Which is obviously why this paragraph grabbed me. You’ll just have to trust me when I offer that I have absolutely no designs on the moniker Truly Great Person; I do, however, recognize a pattern when I see one. Every single person that I have ever idolized became of interest to me due to their uncanny fit into their circumstances. They all seemed part-and-parcel of remarkable circumstances. Without ever consciously subscribing to Luck, I came to a greater appreciation of the phrase “right person at the right time”.

Which is why I have been actively applying similar wisdom at every possible opportunity for the past few years. And the low-hanging fruit has never tasted better!

No man is an island. So we could all do well to learn to recognize a bridge when we see one.

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