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Fortune Cookie Friday: Bide Your Time

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Hello fortune lovers! I hope you have had a most excellent week!

Here is today's fortune:

Bide your time, for success is near.

This one has me scratching my head a tiny bit. Is it saying to just cool my heels and wait for success to show up? I mean, to bide your time means to wait, but I've never been good at that. :) Let's explore this concept a little more.

Imagine the following scenario:

You really want to launch a new business. You develop a product, and then put it up on the internet to sell it. Do you then sit back and wait to see if it'll sell?


You're going to market it, right? You're going to place ads, tell everyone you know, maybe hold an open house or pass out flyers or business cards.

That said, there is value in patiently following the steps you need in order to be successful, and not shortcutting on any of the stages or materials.

I've read many times that the most successful people are the ones who put in the time to make a written plan outlining not only their goals, but the steps they'll need to take them, and then they put that plan into action. This type of work needs patience, though. Sometimes you hear about "overnight success stories," but most of the time, successful people are the ones who know that consistent, solid effort over time will eventually net the payoff they seek.

I can think of one such example off the top of my head, actually, because I just saw a feature about her: Melissa McCarthy. Did you know she worked for 20 years before she "made it" in Hollywood? She credits her success now with all of the hard work and tenacity she put in. According to the article I linked to, she's glad nothing was just handed to her when she was 18. I love the following quote from her:

"I have a very, very high level of gratitude. There is not a single day that goes by that I don't think, I can't believe I'm doing this. 
"And there is no world where I confuse the fact that I've gotten lucky with the idea that there's something special about me. I think entitlement is a really, really scary thing to possess. 
"For me, it's like, 'No. I've gotten lucky, and I've worked hard.' "

Talk about dedication and patience—and biding time, come to think of it.

I really believe in this model of success. For me, that's the point of this week's fortune: if we do the work and are patient with the process, success will be ours.

What does this fortune mean to you, though? And what are your thoughts about success and how it happens? Drop me a line, I'd love to hear more!

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  1. This is so true! I can definitely agree with your interpretation of it :) It doesn't mean to just sit and wait, but t0 have patience and to take the time to fully accomplish the tasks you have at hand! It's the sum of all these (well done) tasks that become your future success.

  2. I'd like to interpret this fortune as one of material fortune but it can have something to do with my spiritual fortune. I've worked much of my life to have fortunes of material by intent rather than patience. Spiritually I've witnessed numerous occasions that came to fruition by being patient. These rewards are those you would consider priceless, their personal and nobody really can take those away from your soul.. :-)

    1. I love your take on this, Dan! Thanks for sharing it!

  3. What I like most about this type of fortune is that we are instantly calibrated by it. What is asked of us is the non-doing, the being, self-restraint. We are for more comfortable with being prompted to do, to be something, to drive toward a concrete outcome. Here, by default, we actually honor the void. Whether we consider it biblically or through the lenses of various other world traditions of spirituality, before we manifest there must always, always be the void. From this place of nothingness, creation springs forth and does its thing. We are a part. And, we never need be all. Chop wood, carry water ;-)

    1. You've given me much to think about, Susan! This is DEEP! Thank you! <3


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