How Much of Luck is Based on Luck?
Ever feel like some people are just plain luckier than you? Like success bumps into them while they were sitting around sipping a soda at the ice cream bar, while it keeps walking by you?
While it may be true that very occasionally success will unexpectedly cross someone’s path, for the most part, a lucky break happens after years of hard work, commitment and practice. Look into the background of an overnight success and you’ll often find it was ten years in the making.
In the book, Have Space Suit –Will Travel Robert Heinlein writes, “There’s no such thing as luck. There is only adequate or inadequate preparation to cope with a statistical universe.”
Oftentimes we’ll attribute the success of others to luck because we’re not willing to admit to ourselves that we have not put in the effort required to achieve the degree of success we say we want to achieve.
Create your own luck
If you don’t put in the effort required, if you are not prepared, then even if a lucky opportunity presents itself you won’t be equipped to make anything of it. Your “luck” is largely in your hands. If you make a conscious effort to improve a little bit every day, to learn a little more, become a little better, you can be sure that eventually you’ll find yourself in the right place at the right time with lady luck pulling up a stool and offering to buy you a soda.
As Seneca says, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”