Are You Waiting For Godot?

Root BeerIn Waiting For Godot (an absurdist play by Samuel Beckett), two characters spend their time waiting for Godot. They wait and wait. They wait two days for a person they hardly know. Godot never shows.

Have you been waiting for the right person to show up?
That person with the answer key to life?
The captain to sail your ship in to port?
Perhaps you are waiting for that friend to get the financing he said was a lock.
The knight or princess to come riding in on the wind?
If only so-and-so were to help, then . . .
Are you waiting for opportunity to knock?

The entitlement clause in life to kick in?

Friend, your moment of now is here. Your entitlement clause is here.

In part, it reads:

You are entitled to go and grab your dreams by the horns. You are entitled to not let go until the ride is over and what you’ve dreamt is realized. You are entitled to not accept a no from yourself or anyone else. You are entitled to all the striving you can muster.

In short, you are entitled to be plucky (- having or displaying courage or spirited resourcefulness in trying circumstances: brave; spirited).

You were meant to be plucky. Your life is hardly a random accident, so it shouldn’t be lived as such.

Be the right person to come along for y-o-u. No one should want it as bad for you as you do for yourself. It is all too easy to fall into the trap of placing your hopes in the hands of others. Waiting for that friend who will partner with you on that million-dollar idea. It is too easy to waste time waiting for Godot. I have been there and it is maddening. Unfortunately, more than once. I personally sat on one project for over three years waiting for others to finish their end (a later posting will fill in the details). The project wasn’t sending out a space mission. It was much less complicated. I could have paid someone else to handle it in a week. Fortunately, I had other projects going. But, who cares? I could have been sitting on a million or two…but, I was just waiting for Godot. More importantly, it may have been something that would have enabled me to quit punching the time clock. The time I can never get back. But, the lesson? Well, that’s pretty valuable, now isn’t it?

Here are 5 steps that will keep you from Waiting for Godot:

  1. Have more than one project in your basket. In my painful example, I waited three years on something that wasn’t going to impact lifestyle very much anyhow. Sometimes we aren’t sure which idea is going to be that life changer. It is better to have more than one. If one project is being delayed, you are still plugging away on something.
  2. Be your own partner whenever you can help it. Don’t pass the buck. Make it stop with you. No excuses. This may hurt a little when looking in the mirror. That’s okay. No one ever said it was going to be easy and painless. But, you deserve success, and it is patiently awaiting your arrival. Make it happen for you.
  3. Get it in writing. Contracts work (most of the time). You may have a friend whom you’ve known for thirty-seven years, so, what’s the point? The point is, is that a contract holds both of you responsible. Definitive times and dates, who does what and when (with repercussions). You may be the problem. In that case let your friend make it happen until you are ready to get it together.
  4. Seek mentors in your given field. One may suffice. But, if that one is unavailable, by all means find another. And another. Most successful people will tell you up front if they will or not. It may be as quick as a phone call or a lunch. Don’t wait for more than a couple of weeks on one person. There is way too much free info out there waiting to be learned.
  5. Be plucky. Make it happen. Make it happen today.

“The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.”
– Baltasar Gracian

Live it and live it LOUD!

Remember, you are the only you, you have.

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