On Being Lucky….
I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as LUCK! It’s an interesting concept, one that has been discussed for a very long time. In first century AD, Roman philosopher, Seneca, said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Our third U.S. President, Thomas Jefferson said, “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”
Luck is something that you can create for yourself, good or bad! Some would say that I’ve been a lucky guy. However, every person that I’ve ever met that was consistently successful was told at some point in time that they were “just” lucky….no skill involved, just lucky! And sometimes it can get downright irritating. No matter the sacrifices that you’ve made, the “above and beyond” things that you’ve done to prepare for an opportunity, some jealous soul, somewhere, will say that you’re lucky!
So I’ve examined what it takes to achieve the ranking of being “Lucky”, and I’ve come to learn that you must earn the right to even be lucky. I’ve created a list of things that you’ll need to do to become one of the luckiest people you know;
- You must work harder than anyone else in your industry
- You must be very disciplined doing those things that you need to do, when you must do them, whether you want to or not!
- You must be absolutely committed to time management, task prioritization and planning for your coming day
- If you’re in sales, you need to talk to at least 50% more prospects than your peers
- If you’re in sales, you need to directly ask your prospects to buy early and often
- You must always “over-deliver” to the expectations of your customers
- You must have an on-going personal education program no matter how old you are.
- You must have clear and concise personal and business goals
- You must read those goals each and every day
- You must track your progress or lack thereof
- And, did I mention that you must work really, really, really, hard?
I’m always trying to get better at life and at what I do. Today, mediocre simply isn’t good enough. And many will argue that luck will play a big part in your success. But luck is a result of the position that you’ve created for yourself.
It’s not easy to be lucky. You must be disciplined and simply persevere, and bottom line seems to be that it’s always better to be good long enough to be lucky!
Want to be lucky? Let me know, I can help you in the process!