For today's #mondaymotivation e-mail, I wanted to talk about luck in light of Saint Patty's day. In a conversation last week, I was asked how much I believed that “luck” played in my success over the years. It was a fair question. Sure, a lot of things have gone my way over the years, even when I didn’t think they would; and I have also had some bad breaks. However, that only tells part of the story. Timing and preparedness played a key role in both.
My favorite, and preferred definition of luck is:
“The harder I work, the luckier I get.”
We all know people who seem to be lucky, or unlucky for that matter. How much of that is really in their control?
There are certainly times when we just have “good” or “bad” luck – such as, finding a $100 bill on the ground or being in the way of bird who has great aim. But if we just credit every situation as either “good luck” or “bad luck” without considering our own choices and behavior, we do ourselves a disservice. What’s more is that we may not learn from our mistakes or recognize how we created an opportunity for success.
So, thinking back to the question I was asked, I’ve absolutely been lucky in many different situations. I’ve also made some good strategic decisions to position ourselves for success when the opportunity presented itself.
Truth is, that behind all the good luck I've had is hours and hours of blood sweat and tears, and a whole lot of bad luck too.
I’d like to think we can all create more of our own luck through hard and sincere work.
Have a great week!