Thursday, March 17, 2011
Having said that, I don't really believe in luck. Or, at leas not in "dumb luck," "good luck," or "bad luck." I believe that, for the most part, we create our own circumstances, and that even "lucky breaks" are the result of years of preparation. I have a friend who is one of the hardest working people I know. He is very well off financially, but has gotten to where he is through working hard, saving carefully, risking, failing, taking responsibility, learning, and risking again. He has spent his entire adulthood learning from life and creating the circumstances that he desires. That is not to say that he hasn't had his fair share of failures. He's just the kind of guy who always manages to find the silver lining. He fails forward. I have an uncle like this too. He finds a way to turn just about any circumstance into a win-win. Last year his house burned down, and although it was devastating, it didn't take long for him to find the opportunity. He now has a newly re-built dream home, a few extra dollars in his pocket, and an intensified gratitude for the things in life that really matter.
Both my friend and my uncle share similar mindsets. They are good, hardworking people who simply refuse to blame anyone else for their circumstances. They take responsibility and they look for opportunity. Yet, I've often heard each of them described as "lucky." I think that people who are unwilling to take responsibility for their own lives tend to see those who do as "lucky". Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.
So, what about you? Do you feel lucky? Are you focused on what you want? Or on the lack of it? Are you preparing for your moment of opportunity? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.