Have you ever looked at someone and just said, “Man, they’re so lucky. They’re always having the most fun, they make great money, they’re in a happy relationship, they’re doing what they love and they’re living a life by their own design. I just wish I was luckier in life.”
Yeah, I’ve done it, too. I used to occasionally think about how lucky some people were and how I might just be an unlucky person. When I thought like that I became less stoked about the future, which made me less productive and less true to myself because I began to envy others.
Early on in my life I didn’t know better. I just thought that some people were luckier than I, and that’s just how life was. I thought maybe I wasn’t lucky enough to have the right education, or the best coaches, or I wasn’t lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.
Fortunately, that kind of thinking is completely false.
As I’ve gained more life experiences and as I’ve witnessed people around me living a life by their own design, I realized that they’re luckier because they think differently and take different actions than most.
(i.e. It’s not luck at all.)
Someone successfully living a life by their own design doesn’t believe in luck in the traditional sense, which is defined as “success or failure experienced by chance rather than through one’s own actions.”
Instead, they believe the words of famed Roman philosopher Seneca in that, “luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.”
People successfully living a life by their own design know that they’ll be luckier in life if they’re prepared in every way to capitalize on any opportunity that presents itself. They prepare for opportunities through ongoing education, personal development, mental focus, positive thinking and much more.
After many years of observation, and now practice, it’s also my belief that luck is something that you can create, rather than just hope for.
You can become “luckier,” too, by implementing these four practices:
1. Work Hard – Sounds simple, huh? Probably because it is. Most of the time you just have to work hard and you’ll be luckier. There are countless numbers of people who say they’re lucky enough to live a life by their own design because of hard work. Here’s a few to get you started:
Ray Kroc – “Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.”
Lucille Ball – “Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work – and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.”
Thomas Jefferson – “I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”
2. Build And Interact With A Large Network – In another post, I wrote that you become the average of the 5 people you surround yourself with. If you continue to surround yourself with a network of people who also believe that the real definition of luck is preparing yourself to meet opportunity, and that hard work is the first step to being luckier in life, then you’ll create many more chances to find opportunities to capitalize on.
You can only do so much by yourself, so build and interact with a large network of people.
My large network of like-minded people is a very, very big reason why I feel luckier these days. If it wasn’t for someone in my network, I wouldn’t have been hired for the current job I have. This job has limitless financial opportunity, allows me to work from Los Angeles even though the company headquarters are in Delaware, and the company allows me to take unlimited vacation time to travel and film new episodes for our web series, Stampabout.
I can assure you there was no luck involved (by the standard definition). I’ve worked my ass off for the last few years, so I was prepared to take advantage of this opportunity when the individual from my network presented it to me.
3. Maximize Chance Opportunities –The lucky people living a life by their own design are always looking, creating, noticing and acting upon the chance, or random, opportunities they are presented with.
The fourth richest man in the United Kingdom states clearly, “I have not been any more lucky or unlucky than anyone else. The difference is when luck came my way, I took advantage of it.” – Richard Branson
4. Think In Abundance –You ever notice that those who seem to be luckier in life just seem to get luckier and luckier? Well, in addition to three practices already listed, they actually do believe they are luckier, and that incredible opportunities will continue to present themselves.
It took me a long time to think this way, but when I finally did, I kept getting luckier and luckier. Thinking in abundance made me more resourceful, creative, positive, productive and effective in daily life, which has led me to being more prepared to maximize on opportunities. The more you expect to be lucky, the more it does happen.
Expect to be luckier.
“For a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” – King Solomon
There are a lot of people out there successfully living a life by their own design, and it’s not because they’re luckier than others. The hard work, the people they interact with, the chance opportunities they create and act on, and their “abundance thinking” is what makes some seem luckier than others.
But you can be just a lucky.
Luck is not what most people think it is. Start implementing these four practices and you’ll find that you’ll be luckier in life as well.
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