There are 2 types of opportunities you encounter in life:
1) The ones you are ready for.
2) The ones you are not ready for.
The opportunities that you are ready for, when they arise, can readily be taken based on your experiences and actions.
The opportunities that you are not ready for, either from not having enough experience or knowledge, can’t be taken advantage of.
With both kinds of opportunities, you have 2 choices
1) You can choose to pursue this opportunity whether we are ready for it or not.
2) You can choose not to pursue it.
Whether you choose to pursue it or not, I’ve boiled it down to 2 factors
1) Jeff Bezos‘s regret minimization pathway. It’s where you project yourself into the future when you’re 80 years old looking back at your current situation. Will you regret the choice you’re about to make?
If the answer is “No, I will not regret it,” then you do it. The goal is to minimize the amount of regrets you will have throughout your lifetime.
2) The other option is what I like to call the fun optimization pathway. Which choice leads to you having more fun? And then just go from there.
Ideally, you want to meet somewhere in the middle of Jeff Bezos’s ideology and mine, where you’re making the choice that minimizes your regrets while having fun at the same time.
That would be a win-win situation leading to a more fun and meaningful life.
Regarding the opportunities that you are not ready for, you have to ask yourself: “When will I be ready for it?”
One thought is that you should take the opportunity when it arises, whether you are ready for it or not. Because if you wait till you are ready for it, there’s a chance it won’t be there.
It’ll be taken by someone who was ready, or someone who wasn’t ready but decided to take it anyways in order to jumpstart their growth trajectory from the slower path that destiny had planned.
That is why, whether you are ready for the opportunity or not, in order to get what is yours, you just need to take it. Take the first step.
As William Earnest Henley wrote in Invictus, “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.”
Thanks for reading,
Jack The Dreamer, over and out!
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