This has proven true for many.
Some orchestrate that perfect time and place.
Some manipulate circumstances to make things happen.
We are told to push ahead, get noticed, get ourselves out there.
This isn't the way it works with God's plans though.
How should we be when we are waiting on God to accomplish His plan and our part in it?
Stay faithful. God will use you in time. He knows where you are. Nothing and no one is hidden from Him.
"Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness." Psalm 37:3
When the time is right God will move . . . sometimes alarmingly fast!
Think about Joseph -- in prison for over a decade forgotten by people.
And then one day . . .
"Then Pharaoh sent and called for Joseph, and they hurriedly brought him out of the dungeon; and when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came to Pharaoh." Genesis 41:14
Pharaoh made Joseph his right hand man, in charge of the whole land!
Then there was Moses -- he ran away because he murdered a guy. He herded sheep for forty years. He probably was quite content hidden from people.
He wasn't hidden from God.
"Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; . . . And the angel of the LORD appeared to him." Exodus 3:1-2
Obscure shepherd becomes the leader and deliverer of God's chosen people (thousands upon thousands of them).
Place doesn't matter to God either. If He plans on using you but you are "stuck" where you are at, He'll bring the people to you. Look at Deborah:
"Now Deborah, a prophetess . . . was judging Israel at that time. And she used to sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the sons of Israel came up to her for judgment." Judges 4:4-5
Travel was by foot those days. Ephraim was over 20 miles from Jerusalem (and many more from other parts of the country). Distance didn't stop God's work. I can see people telling Deborah, as they saw God use her this way, that she ought to move to the big city. But no, she stayed right under her palm tree. If they wanted her help they'd come to her . . . and they did.
Let's not forget about John the apostle. He was exiled to the island of Patmos but God still used him with the churches in his day (and ours). The day John wrote Revelation was the Lord's day and he was having church with Jesus the day he was given Revelation. He stayed faithful even in exile.
"Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way." Psalm 37:7a
Don't try to manipulate circumstances to get noticed. You don't have to.
Here's a story many don't know -- the King Josiah wanted to hear from God. He asked his priest. Look where the priest went:
"So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Hulda, the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe (now she lived in Jerusalem in the second Quarter); and they spoke to her." 2 Kings 22:14
How did they know she was even there?!!!
Maybe they didn't.
But God did and sent them to His daughter.
Do you want to be used by God?
Just stay faithful where He has put you. Do what needs doing. Don't neglect the daily stuff. Don't pass up opportunities God brings your way. But wait. Don't push. Wait and see.
It will happen.