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Why timing is everything?

Timing is everything. But the clear explanation of why is that so is rarely forthcoming. All I know is that there’s always a right time for everything.

The right time to invest in the stock market (or not)

The right time to take a break while working on that presentation

The right time to ask for a salary raise

The right time to say the punch line to crack everyone up

The right time to hit the brake to avoid accidents

The right time to stumble on gold on the internet

I spent most of my teenage years learning Aikido because my mom thinks I should know how to defend myself when the situation calls for it. In my honest opinion, my teenage angst has got to be focused somewhere else, so off to Aikido I went and became a brown belt (Green, Purple, Yellow, Blue, Brown and Black—don’t ask me why I quit)

Aikido leverages on techniques that consist of entering and turning movements that redirect the momentum of an opponent’s attack to either joint lock or throw. The key recipe is TIMING. If you are one second too late, or one footwork too late, it won’t work. It is only as effective when you sway at the right time to redirect the momentum’s attack using only minimal effort. It’s like when someone is walking too fast and you stick out your foot and so they’ll fall.

I’ve been mulling over my career choice lately (okay, I do this daily for fun) and in times where you are consumed by the same thoughts and you are stuck in the same ideas and inspiration, you will need something new. The right time for an enlightenment came to me yesterday. The timing could not have been more perfect.

There is no right or wrong way to grow, but it is up to us to which road to take and decide at the right time.

The time is now.

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