12 June 2018
Why you are an idiot to wait for the "right time"

Don't wait. The time will never be just right. - Napoleon Hill

The above was recently tweeted by our friends at the Talented Ladies Club - and swiftly retweeted by us.

Why? It struck a chord with so many of the career breakers we've interviewed - and with our own founder, Rachel. She says:

"I didn't just THINK it was the wrong time [to take a career break], I KNEW it was!"

Other career breakers have said it felt like "wrong" time in their careers to take time out.

Some have told us that their friends and families thought they were crazy for leaving everything they had to go travelling!

But they all had one thing in common - they wanted to do something different, or they needed to do something different, and they felt they just couldn't wait any longer.

This post is not just about career breaks though, it's about how you are an idiot if you're waiting for the right time to do anything in your life that you know will change it for the better.

Why YOU should never wait for the right time

The simple reason is that there is no such thing as the right time.

Even if most of the things you need to take the next step are where you want them to be, there'll always be something that's not quite ready.

Maybe you don't feel you've got enough money.

Maybe you feel you've already got enough commitments.

Maybe you feel that you don't have enough to offer.

And maybe - all those things are true! Or you feel that they're true, which basically amounts to the same thing.

These women didn't wait for the mythical right time

But what if...

What if you don't need as much money as you thought? What if having a tighter budget leads to you making more careful financial decisions?

What if having a lot of commitments means you start planning your time more effectively? What if you stopped messing around on Facebook and started saying "no" to those things you don't really want to do - in favour of something that's actually going to make your llfe better?

What if you do have lots to offer, you just can't see it? What if your unique experiences and skills make you the perfect person to do what you want to be doing?

And if you still believe there is a right time

So you've read all the above, and you're thinking "You freelance blog writer have no idea about my life and all the stuff I have going on and everything. I don't believe you, I think there really is a right time for me to do whatever it is that's going to change my life."

OK. That's fine, you don't have to believe me.

But even if you're still convinced there is a right time for you to do whatever it is you have been putting off, know this:

The right time may never arrive.

Life has a funny way of derailing your plans, just when you think everything is going like clockwork.

Let's take money. Even if you're comfortable, you can't guarantee that you won't lose your job, become too ill to work, have a big unexpected expense or whatever. Obviously I hope that those things don't happen to you, but you can't know for sure that they won't.

If they do though, the "right time" will move further and further away. And when you've rebuilt your nest egg, you might find that the other things you think you need for the right time (like your health, or your commitments, or your enthusiasm) might have moved further away while you were concentrating on money.

If the right time might never arrive, isn't it better to start now?

This woman didn't wait for the mythical right time

So... what's really holding you back?

You're saying that now is not the right time for you to do whatever it is you really want to do. To take the first or the next step into changing your life and making it into the life you really want.

But what if that's just an excuse?

What if you're just afraid of failing? What if you're even afraid of succeeding? Yes, fear of success is a real thing!

Your fear, or your lack of confidence, are much more likely to stand in your way than it not being the "right time".

So are you an idiot?

Well yes, if you're still waiting for the right time. Because it doesn't exist, and even if it does, it might never arrive.


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