I have very few pet peeves, but one of them is hearing people say someone else’s success was a result of luck. In most cases (please note I said in “most” cases), it is a cop out. It is a way for the person to down play the others persons success. To make themselves feel better about their lack of success and their lack of action to build the life they want.
Sure, being at the right place at the right time can be beneficial and, of course, having good connections is always a plus. But, does all that really matter if you have nothing to offer?
Winning a million dollars is luck, and it is extremely rare. How many stories are there of people who won a million dollars and then go broke a year later? It happens all the time. Why? Because they had a rare stroke of luck and they were not prepared for it. They did not know how to manage money. If you cannot manage $1500 a month, you will not be able to manage $150,000 a month. Seems obvious, right?
You can meet the right people, and you could be at the right place at the right time, but if you do not have the skills, the characteristics, the attitude that those people are looking for, your opportunity is missed.
The majority of people (again, I said the “majority” of people) who are rich, have built successful businesses, who have dreams jobs, etc.. have worked very hard and sacrificed for it. They have developed their skills, they have improved themselves, they are driven, they do not give up, they are consistent, and they make sacrifices to be where they are at. People fail to see that. They see the success and want the “luck” but they don’t want to put in the work or deal with the sacrifice it took to get there – and stay there.
People do it in weight loss all the time. “She has more time to exercise than I do”, “she is a stay at home mom so she has more time”, “she works so she has daycare”, “she is rich so she can afford to eat healthy”, “they don’t have money to eat out so it’s easier for them”. The list goes on and on. In business, especially direct sales, you hear the same thing. “She has more time to build her business”, “She is better at speaking”, “She knows more people”, “She got in early”, “She is in the industry so it’s easier”, “She has more money than me”, on and on and on….
Challenge: Stop down playing other people’s success by calling it luck. Start building your own luck. Prepare yourself for that moment when you can be in the right place at the right time!
Falcioni says it best:
“Luck best serves those who are prepared for it”.
Cheers to you – Super Mom!
Falcioni, J. G. (2004). SUCCESS AND LUCK. Mechanical Engineering, 126(3), 1. Retrieved fromhttp://search.proquest.com/docview/230173782?accountid=458