Timing comes in two flavors. The first flavor is the shit you can actually do something about, while the second is more luck based.
Flavor camp one includes knowing when to decide to get an MBA, sell or buy a house and get married. Say your dating a smoking hot red-headed girl who hasn’t quite figured out all your flaws, then the timing is right to get married; form a pretty tight contractual barrier that is more expensive to exit than maintain. During those moments, you had good timing.
The second flavor of timing is more circumstantial and based a lot on luck. These flavors would be guessing when to move your currency from the UK to the US, book a trip to Jamaica, or fold in a card game (for the record I know that Poker is about 60% skill, but for this blog it’ll be here). Some people are extraordinarily good (or lucky) at this form of timing, it appears they have an inner voice that just tells them to make a decision.
I have to say that on average I’m a flavor camp 1 type of person. On average, I have good timing when it comes to running a project, getting married or choosing a good track for my career (one caveat is having an amazing ability to find ways to not get paid for work). The MBA timing was good; the choice to rush back from a trip last summer to interview with Infosys Consulting was good; the marriage thing – good; and a variety of other decent decisions in my life.
When it comes to flavor camp II; not so good. Except, apparently for the summer of 2007 when all parties involved picked the second week of August for our Jamaica trip rather than later. I don’t think we’d really considered Hurricanes as a deciding factor, but regardless it appears our timing was good.
Of course, Sandals gives a free week for all vacationers if a Hurricane strikes during their vacation so does this mean we had good timing or not?