There are times in life when you can hang back and watch the world spin under your feet.
There are other times when you have to jump off into deep water with bullets slapping around you in the surf.
Timing is important in life and I think its that innate sense of timing that differentiates the lucky from the unlucky. That's not to say you don't have to swing at the odd curve ball from time to time.
It's also important not either read, save, or listen to your own press. All glory is fleeting (sic transit gloria mundi) and living on past glory is as destructive as seeking glory in the present or the future. Glory is an illusion just as success and failure are two sides of the same coin. I'm happy to have lived long enough to appreciate the truth in what I just wrote.
Today a guy asked me whether or not I was bothered about becoming a grandfather. I replied, "Are you kidding, I'm ecstatic!" There is a peculiar joy I feel when I see my girls growing up around me, making adult decisions, doing the right thing and learning from the wrong thing.