Wow, #250,000 a month in income? They’re so lucky!
Wow, he speaks so eloquently and courageously. He must be very lucky!
He just bought a car and built his house, very lucky guy!
Their marriage is doing well, lucky them!
This guy is lucky, I wish I can be like him!
How many times have these kinds of thoughts gone through your head? I’m betting at least once or twice. As humans, we seem to have a tricky reason for writing things off as good or bad luck.
A friend ones told me today in an office, that “i must be very lucky”. To him, luck is behind my achievements. Luck? I shouted, if only this guy know the STORY behind the GLORY.
But then, I realized!
With many aspects of personal development and achievement, rationality sometimes move off our way. It’s much easier to point to an external force than it is to give credit where credit is due, or to take ownership of our mistakes and lack of commitment. While it can seem harmless in small doses, over time, this negative phrase builds up in our minds and can be extremely detrimental to our progress and success in life. I’m here to tell you that it’s NOT luck, it’s hard work.
STOP ATTRIBUTING SUCCESS (OR LACK THEREOF) TO LUCK
There’s really no such thing as “luck,” and attributing success or bad events to it doesn’t do anyone any good. Yes, things may happen that are out of control, but chalking it up to “luck” is silly. It’s extremely easy to point to someone who is seemingly doing well early and think they’re living the life; that, it was handed to them on a gold platter. In most cases, that’s not true! Not even close.
You do yourself a disservice when you don’t look into the reasons why someone has been successful. Behind most successful stories lies hard work – not luck.
The overwhelming majority of people don’t ‘luck’ their way into achievement, or into success, or into debt freedom or into anything else you might be jealous of. They became what they are, through hard work and being diligent about what they do. They secured a job because they had a connection (they likely worked for) or experience (years of work); they worked and focused on personal development tirelessly. Whatever the case may be, stop believing that luck has all the answers. It doesn’t. By basing assumptions on luck, you’re essentially telling yourself that you can’t achieve what others have.
YOU CAN HAVE THE SAME, IF YOU PUT IN THE WORK
I will use myself as an example here. I am terribly guilty of looking at the impact and exploit of my friend and Boss Mr. Douglas Efukikata Efet who have been able to command much respect, as well as flow speedily career wise. Very current, speaks as if he’s a super alien being. You see him moving with people that matters, taking the lead in any organization he found himself. I was trying to be smart, so I started thinking he’s pretty lucky to be making such wave after a short while in his career. The truth is, this guy has dedicated most of his time to personal development, committed to daily research on issues that matters, accompanied with rugged mentoring.
Before I was only concerned with working on just having a secured future which seemed completely unattainable to me because I was stuck in living on the average. I was barely making as much impact and result that I wanted. Once, I started putting more efforts on personal development, I realized my delivery potential and the capacity for all I desire was in my control. I realized that people weren’t lucky, their achievement was a direct result of their hard work. I finally realized I could get there if I wanted to.
Now, there is a big shift from what I use to be to what I am currently, but the point is, I stopped attributing it to luck, which allowed me to take control of my situation. It inspired me to reach for greater heights. Remember, only when preparation meet opportunity that it result to success.