There’s a lot of problems with the concept of luck. We hear from some entrepreneurs that they didn’t expect their success — they just had a stroke of good luck.
Some people chalk their business failures up to incredibly bad luck.
Luck stands on the foundation that it is unexpected, random, and changes the course of your life. It’s very rare to recognize good luck when it’s on its way to you. As a matter of fact, good luck can only be discovered in hindsight.
Imagine living up top a hill and every day a blue van makes its way up the hill to deliver your milk. Every day at the same time, you sit at the top of the grassy hill, swatting at mosquitos and watching the rickety van through your binoculars. You wait for it to back into your long-for-no-particular-reason driveway, yank on the doors to the back of the van and collect your milk.
On this day, however, when you swing open those doors, there’s a huge pile of money, plane tickets and a deed for a house that’s not on the top of a ridiculously high hill. In other words, there’s luck in the back of the van, staring right at you, and you hadn’t the slightest idea it was coming.
Even though you were waiting, even though you were watching.
There is no way to prepare for good luck. Your breakthrough moment could be right in front of you, and still unrecognizable.
Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it
Don’t brandish yourself as “lucky” or “unlucky.” Luck doesn’t target specific people, nor does it follow them throughout their lives.
Think of luck as a massive force that can only thrive in certain conditions. Like a hurricane. You won’t hear about a hurricane raging through Ohio because the conditions aren’t suitable for one.
Some people set their lives up to be the perfect residence for good luck. Here’s how to recognize those people:
- Failure doesn’t keep them down. They have remarkable bounce-back
- They don’t feed into negativity. Their minds are constantly focused on their priorities
- They approach life with the mentality of “It isn’t if, but when“
- Opportunities are treated as fleeting, rather than complicated decisions
- Solutions are more important than problems
The only way to garnish good luck in your favor is to pour yourself into everything that you do. Become obsessive about your craft —to the point of addiction.
You only need to be lucky once. Just one opportunity can change your life forever. It might mean being in the right place at the right time, or knowing the right people, or even having the right conversation.
Overly cautious people tend to have terrible luck. Not because they’re unlucky by nature, but because they spend more time thinking, considering, and weighing out their options.
Luck is unpredictable
The hard truth is, you’re not special. The people who inspire you— they aren’t special either. They’re made with the same stuff you’ve got.
Almost everyone can admit they’ve had a “once in a lifetime” moment. The difference between us is what we did with the opportunity.
Luck is ever-seeking. It travels long and far to find the right recipient.
Before your good luck reaches you, it visits many other people. Some who are prepared for it, and others who let it pass them by. If you want to experience good luck continuously, you have to always be ready.
You must spend your entire life simply preparing for that one stroke of luck when it comes your way.
Prepare to be called an “overnight success”
Even if you documented every step you took on your journey to success, most people will still think it came easy for you. Or they’ll say that you simply have good luck. They’ll minimize your struggles and shine a light on your strengths.
It’s easy to look at someone else and think they have something that you don’t. As a matter of fact, it gives them an excuse — a reason why they aren’t as successful as they should be.
I hear all the time, “Well, if only I were as good at talking to people as you are,” or “My brain doesn’t think like yours. I can’t just come up with ideas.” If you’re that kind of person, you’ve got to cut it out.
Turning someone else into a superhero isn’t flattering. You’re only giving yourself an excuse for not taking bolder steps in your own life.
Good luck doesn’t happen suddenly. Your groundbreaking moment is a trail of many small, seemingly insignificant moments over a period of time. Good luck isn’t anything more than deliberate preparation and great timing.
Most people don’t understand that until they’ve reached a satisfactory level of success. Then they realize that there’s a lot of moving parts that had to come together to make things work for them.
Your own perception of good luck will always get in the way
It is always good practice to remember not to fully trust your own perceptions. We don’t live in reality. Each of us sees the world through our own lenses and filters, based on our own experience and beliefs about the world.
Nothing is happening exactly the way that you think it is. We rarely take a moment to think objectively about the things we see and the actions we take. Therefore, we end up blindsided sometimes and just plain wrong other times.
I’d say, that’s why our idea of the forces behind “good luck” is so skewed. If we can’t understand the difference between our world and the world, then how can we break down what makes a person lucky? What one of us sees as an insult, another would view as an advantage.
For example, you may turn your nose up at the prospect of working for free at a brand new startup. Someone else would happily jump at the idea of having an integral role to establish the future of a budding startup.
In that hypothetical situation, you wouldn’t be wrong for your decision to turn down the opportunity. You probably have a family, bills piling up, or a sick relative. You may be living in poverty and understand that time is a commodity.
But, that’s a perfect example of not understanding how to see a situation through a different lens. That’s how good luck passes most people by.
To combat this, then you should expose yourself to the minds of people unlike you. Read often, watch interviews, and have conversations that make you uncomfortable.
How to Attract Good Luck
Preparation is a process that never ends. You keep practicing, keep working, keep learning. You experiment, make mistakes, and learn from your failures. Most of the time it will feel like you’re going nowhere fast.
The entire process is frustrating and stressful. Not to mention, confusing.
Inevitably, you will find yourself on a journey, trying to recreate the good luck of other people. Only to give up when you realize it doesn’t work that way.
Finally, you will find a rhythm of self-improvement.
Your focus will be on enhancing your own skills, building on your strengths, and learning from your relationships. One day, when you’re not paying attention, good luck will find you.