As most of you know who have observed my posts, I'm not a religious man. That said, Steve Harvey nails it on the head for me. Replace faith in god with preparing yourself for The Ninth Wave:
The coming of Arthur by Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)
The ninth wave in my rendering is the metaphor for the window of opportunity for your success. You don't know when it is coming, but when it does you damned well be prepared or it will pass you by.. . . And then the two Dropt to the cove,
and watched the great sea fall,
Wave after wave,
each mightier than the last,
Till last, a ninth one,
gathering half the deep And full of voices,
slowly rose and plunged Roaring,
and all the wave was in a flame: . . .
As Steve Harvey elucidates with his own metaphor, "you have to jump." You have to take the risk and at each failure, "Jump" again until that Parachute opens. If you don't jump it is nay.
For those of faith, it is a trust in your god, for those not of faith it is trust in yourself.
For me, it is relevant and served me well when I had nothing to do but prepare for my ninth wave, and to jump when all my instincts told me not to and to ride my Ninth Wave when it arrives. "To use your gift."
Just out of high school I hung out with a group of friends, one of which use to go house to house in his old beat up pick-up and offer to clean pools. We all thought this friend was nuts, but over 35 years later he owns a multi-million dollar statewide business.
Another friend lost everything and ended up in an Oxford House for alcohol addiction. One day without transportation he walks around his neighborhood offering to paint houses. Twenty years later he owns an Oxford House and a multi-million dollar painting business.