Bring Your Umbrella: Or, Being Prepared for Success
Someone told me this story recently, and I like it:
A town was suffering from a drought, and a group of people decided to get together to pray for rain. They dressed for the hot, sunny morning and gathered in a field. Only one woman walked onto the field carrying an umbrella. She said, “Well, we expect it to rain, right?”
A lot of times we want something, but we aren’t prepared for it to happen.
- We want a job interview … but we don’t have an interview outfit ready in the closet.
- We want a book deal someday … but we don’t finish the book.
- We want a relationship … but we don’t leave extra time in our schedule for dates.
As for me, I’ve needed a new computer for awhile. Mine is sluggish, to the point that it has affected my productivity.
The latest software update seems to have been the nail in the coffin. I turned it on this morning, and for awhile it just wouldn’t work.
Web browser? Nope.
Word? Good luck.
I rebooted it, wasting 30 minutes trying to get it to load a page. I had something on a tight deadline, so that wasn’t fun.
I tried again later, and it still wasn’t working. I was frustrated and about ready to throw it out a window. Finally, I got it working, but it threw off my whole writing session.
I know I need to replace it, as it’s almost eight years old, but the cost is something I don’t want to deal with right now.
I was hoping to start making more money on Medium to cover the expense. In my best month I made $75, so it didn’t seem impossible that I could earn laptop money from my writing. However, my earnings this month are not looking great.
On the flip side, I do need a computer to submit Medium articles. I can draft them on my phone, but I can’t tag or submit them to publications without a computer.
But I haven’t picked out a laptop and made a savings or payment plan. I need to reach my goal not just by writing (praying for rain), but by choosing the computer I want and setting a budget (bringing the umbrella). So, I will.
It’s not enough to hope for something to happen: we need to plan for the eventuality that it will, and be ready to act.
It sounds simple, but it’s a concept that can have far-reaching effects in our personal lives, our careers, and in our side hustles.
Do you have your umbrella today?