It has nothing to do with how early it rises. The early bird catches the worm and the late bird also catches the worm because there’s more than one worm.
I’m all about hard work, but all I’m saying is, I just saw a bird the other day at around 6:00 PM catch two worms. Not one, but two. It didn’t even have any competition. No other birds on that grass to contend with. In its majestic solitude it hopped around on the lawn and buried its beak in the blades of grass from time to time to pull out its feast. No early rising, no problem.
My friend and I were seated on the lawn next door to this bird having a conversation about job searching– the absurdities of cover letters, the challenging job market, and the balancing act of a life in between things. It wasn’t until almost 24 hours after seeing the bird get its worms and the good conversation that the old adage and the parallels that it had with the job search occurred to me.
But, the adage is wrong.
The bird didn’t get worms because it got up early, it got worms because its a bird, and that’s what birds do. Sure, the bird had to be out there to get the worm, but it did it when it was good and ready and it did it with confidence and self-respect. It knew what it wanted, figured out how best to get it, and executed its plan. And it probably got to sleep in a little while it was at it. (Birds sleep, right? Otherwise this metaphor is shot).
The point is, the bird gets the worm because it’s a bird and it does what it does.
Be a bird. Do what you do. Get your worm.