Luck is when opportunity knocks and you answer.
I often tell folks that I would rather be lucky then smart. The reason I say it is that I have been truly lucky all my life and I am really not all that smart. Time after time as I took on a new assignment, sat next to an especially interesting person on an airplane, was offered a new opportunity I felt fortunate and yes, lucky. I could go on and on about the many times I have felt surprised as I found myself in some fortuitous situation.
I know it really is not all that important to figure out why good things happen, it is far more important to be ready for them when they do. There are probably thousands of missed opportunities every day because people were not open to them, did not recognize them or had fallen into a rut so deep that they could not see out. Again I think a lot of it is our old friend Attitude. I think that those who are not afraid to take a risk once in awhile and who are always open for the new get more out of life than most, lucky maybe but it really is more likely earned reward.
In my experience if you expect good things to happen and are open to them when they show up you find that they happen all the time. So maybe I should not say I would rather be lucky than smart but rather that I would like to be smart enough to be ready to be lucky.
A few months ago someone sent me the following that was posted by blogger Thomasina Cruz that is worth your consideration:
Okay, I don’t actually believe in luck, but I do believe in opportunity and that luck is determined by how well you respond to that opportunity. Here are a few ways you can be prepared to make the most of each and every opportunity:
1. Take risks. The more you put yourself out there, the more likely you are to run into fantastic opportunities!
2. Embrace failure. If you haven’t failed, you must not be trying hard enough! It’s often the fear of failure that holds us back. Letting go of that fear leaves you free to take advantage of opportunities that come your way!
3. Expect success. Optimism will get you everywhere! You’ll be more likely to spot opportunities as they arise.
4. Network. Talk to everybody – you never know where your next great opportunity is going to come from!
5. Work hard. Opportunities are only as good as what you make of them. Be prepared to take each and every opportunity as it comes and run with it!
Do you believe in luck, or do you make your own luck?
All of us have bad luck and good luck. The man who persists through the bad luck — who keeps right on going — is the man who is there when the good luck comes — and is ready to receive it.
Standing on the tee of a relatively long par three, a confident golfer said to his caddy,
"Looks like a four-wood and a putt to me."
The caddy argued with him a bit and suggested that he instead play it safe and hit a 4-iron then a wedge.
The golfer was insulted and proceeded to scream and yell at the caddy on the tee telling him that he was a better golfer than that and how dare the caddy under estimate his game.
So, giving in the caddy handed the gentleman the four-wood he had asked for.
He proceeded to top the ball and watched as it rolled about fifteen yards off the front of the tee.
Immediately the caddy handed him his putter and said, "And now for one hell of a putt…"
"The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up."
The mail carrier had a registered letter that needed a signature for a party on his route. Receiving no response to his knock on the front door, he went around to the back door which he found open, except for the screen door. He knocked. A high pitch voice from inside said, "Come in."
Upon entering the kitchen, he was confronted by the largest German Shepard he had ever seen. The dog bared his fangs menacingly, forcing the mail man against the wall. The mail man shouted, "Lady, call off you dog before he eats me alive." The only response he got was that same high pitch voice coming from the next room saying, "Come in."
Pressing his body against the wall, he slowly worked his way to the door way leading to the next room. Looking around, he saw the room was empty, except for a parrot in a cage. After the threat from the huge dog, he was becoming quite irate and said to the parrot, "Darn you, don’t you know any words besides ‘come in’?”
Without a moments hesitation the parrot responded, Sic him!"
I have enough money to last me the rest of my life unless I buy something.
Two guys are out hunting deer. The first guy says, "Did you see that?"
"No," the second guy says.
"Well, a bald eagle just flew overhead," the first guy says.
"Oh," says the second guy.
A couple of minutes later, the first guy says, "Did you see that?"
"See what?" the second guy asks.
"Are you blind? There was a big, black bear walking on that hill, over here."
A few minutes later the first guy says: "Did you see that?"
By now, the second guy is getting aggravated, so he says, "Yes, I did!"
And the first guy says: "Then why did you step in it?"
I sure enjoyed the ads for prescription drugs a lot more when they didn’t tell me the side effects.
Suffering from a bad case of the flu, the outraged patient bellowed, "Three weeks! The doctor can’t see me for three weeks? I could well be dead by then!"
Calmly the voice at the other end of the line replied, "If so, would you have your wife call to cancel your appointment?"
"He’s turned his life around. He used to be depressed and miserable. Now he’s miserable and depressed."
Playing golf with his buddies, my grandfather had to make a slick 25-foot putt. As he lined it up, he announced, "I have a dollar bill that says I can make this putt. Does anyone want to bet?" His three friends eagerly agreed to the wager. My grandfather missed the putt by ten feet, and his friends gathered around to collect their money. Granddad pulled out a dollar bill on which he had written, "I can make this putt." His pals are still trying to collect on the bet and grandpa is too.
"I think that’s how Chicago got started. A bunch of people in New York said, ‘Gee, I’m enjoying the crime and the poverty, but it just isn’t cold enough. Let’s go west.’"
Out in space, two alien forms are speaking with each other. The first spaceman says, "The dominant life formed on the earth planet have developed satellite based weapons."
The second alien, who looks exactly like the first, asks, "Are they an emerging intelligence?"
The first spaceman says, "I don’t think so. They have them aimed at themselves."
I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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