Are you picking yourself?

“You  have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in  any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And  you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” - Dr. Seuss

Are you guilty of waiting for someone to magically call with the awesome news that you have been selected for your dream job or for the heartthrob to knock on your door and sweep you off your feet?  Yup, check and check for me! 

Unless you are one of the lucky ones who have sent your bank account number to the wealthy businessman in Nigeria and actually had $2 Million transferred to your account, I have got news for you:  you’ve got to create your own luck.  And how do you do this?  Here’s some goodness from Seth Godin:

It’s a cultural instinct to wait to get picked. To seek out the permission and authority that comes from a publisher or talk show host or even a blogger saying, “I pick you.” Once you reject that impulse and realize that no one is going to select you–that Prince Charming has chosen another house–then you can actually get to work.

If you’re hoping that the HR people you sent your resume to are about to pick you, it’s going to be a long wait. Once you understand that there are problems just waiting to be solved, once you realize that you have all the tools and all the permission you need, then opportunities to contribute abound.

 No one is going to pick you. Pick yourself.

So, what do you say?