Is now the best time for this?

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Sometimes, when I get up very early, I go to the bathroom, and I see my toenails, and I think, “Oh yeah, I should cut those.” But then I think, I did not drag myself out of bed at this ungodly hour to cut my toenails. That’s not why I’m here. This is not the time.

You know what I never see? I never see Olympic athletes checking their phones at the starting line of the 100-m race. They train their whole lives to get there, and they don’t waste the moment refreshing their newsfeeds. It is clearly not the time.

So why do so many people go to university for 4+ years to get their dream job, and then spend all day complaining? You did not put yourself through the classes and the essays and the interviews and all the other hoops so that you could sit around whining. That’s not why you are here. It might feel good to complain, but it’s really not the time.

Realize your opportunity.

The next time you start to do something seemingly important, ask yourself if this is really the best time. Perhaps you meant to be doing something else.