If only I was as lucky as he.
Or she. Or as so-and-so.
Have you heard this excuse? (Have you used it?)
But, for those waiting to get lucky… it can be a long wait. Sometimes forever.
Do you sit around and wait to get lucky?
Or do you go out and make your own luck?
Sometimes It Is Not Luck
I am always amazed at those who think they are going to drift along until everything just falls into place for them.
It’s just not going to happen.
“Things may come to those who wait… but only the things left behind by those who hustle.”
– Abraham Lincoln
You can sit around waiting for the world to bring you your dreams on a silver platter.
Or you can go out and get them. And do them yourself.
Which sounds like a better plan?
Luck is Hard Work
Take a close look at those that you consider successful. Did they just wait until it happened?
Or did they work long and hard to get where they are?
Being lucky is about doing, and that being said, you can increase your luck.
Here are just a few ways to increase your luck:
- Be Early – Being early breeds serendipity. Really. When you are early for things, even meetings and appointments, magical things tend to happen. That is when chance happens.
- Finish Before Deadlines – Similar to being early, is finishing tasks or projects ahead of schedule. When there is adequate time to review and deliver right, is when extraordinary results occur.
- Go Outside Your Domain – We all tend to stay in our comfort zones. It is when you stray outside your normal elements that you often discover new luck. So, get out there and go beyond your normal boundaries.
- Raise the Bar – Amazing results happen when you aim higher than you normally do. You will never reach new levels of achievements if you don’t reach for them. Stretch yourself and your goals.
- Don’t Follow the Rules – Rules were meant to be broken. Or rather maybe they are “just guidelines.” This is not about doing anything crazy or unethical, it is about challenging the status quo and the norm. Don’t be normal when it comes to the rules.
- Be Prepared – Being ready means you are ready to take advantage of new opportunities. You don’t want to miss or have to turn down a new opportunity because you were too busy catching up.
- Do One More Thing – Those who are lucky do more than those who are not. Make it a habit to always “do one more thing.” Whether it is finishing a job right, or one last task at the end of a long day. Do it every day for a year and you will have taken 365 more steps towards your goals than those who don’t give the extra effort.
It is all about hard work.
Get Some Luck
Want to be lucky? Make your own.
Get out there and do instead of waiting for it to come to you.
Being lucky is easy, but it takes a lot of hard work.
Do you make your own luck? How have you been lucky through hard work?
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3 thoughts on “Being Lucky is Hard Work”
Excellent post; what happens is that most people see only the result of hard work and assume that the “back end” never happened. The model is gorgeous, the business owner is successful … whatever it is, only the result is ever seen. I recently blogged about this on my site, and thought it might be interesting to you and your readers.
Keep up the good work, Craig.
@JayFleischman Thanks Jay!
Love the analogy about the model… and the biz owner. Everyone just sees the end result.
Thanks for sharing your post! Love it!
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