More About Luck…

My dad tells a story about one of his friends who came to visit after decades of not seeing each other. When he saw my parents nice home and surrounding acres of farmland and barns he turned to my dad and asked, “how did you get so lucky?” I had another friend who basically told the same story about a colleague of his, who after entering his home asked the same question. How did you get so lucky? Both my dad and my friend were quite stumped at the comment and tongue-tied in their responses. What they wanted to say, thank you very much…was that there was very little luck involved in their success, and much hard work. To award the awesomeness of their achievements to luck was a bit of a slap in the face.

Luck occurs by accident or chance, and it has nothing to do with the hard work and perseverance it takes to be successful. Don’t get me wrong, success can be defined in many ways and not always by materialistic measure. But, even to say the work required to get a degree or to learn a language or a new skill didn’t take initiative and diligence to achieve and have attributed to luck wouldn’t be acceptable.

It’s amazing how much your “luck” increases when you get up everyday and do the things you need to do. It’s amazing how much your “luck” increases when you don’t spend more than you earn.
It’s amazing how much your “luck” increases when you stay at a task and learn from your mistakes.
It’s amazing how much your “luck” increases when you have an optimistic can-do attitude.

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