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Monday, March 17, 2008

Inspiration Monday: Create Your Own Good Luck for the Sake of Your Dreams

I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
-Thomas Jefferson

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

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.
-Robert Collier

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I think it's only fitting that today's post be about creating your own good luck. What? I'm sure you think I'm off my rocker today. After all, how in the world can we create our own good luck? Isn't it random?

Okay, let me be clear here. I'm not talking about the kind of luck that will help you win the lottery or high stake poker games. I'm thinking about the type of luck that is more tangible, more within your power to achieve. Keep in mind though, that the two steps I share with you today will only work if you keep working toward your dream and keep your mind open...so follow along on your own accord and may good luck follow your every move.

Be Open to New Opportunities:
How many times have you heard of someone who was lucky because he/she just happened to be at the right place at the right time?  Maybe it was pure luck, but it could just be the person was aware and receptive to the opportunity.

There are times when opportunity is disguised in different ways, especially when you least expect it.  Live outside the box and embrace what life has to offer.  Maybe it means networking, working extra hours, being open to suggestions people give you, sending out your manuscript to one more agent, going to the party you don't feel like going to, or even making an unexpected stop to the grocery store. 

When you go about your day, be aware of what is going on around you.  Work hard and pay attention to the little clues.  You may very well find yourself in the position of being the lucky one.   

Turn Lemons into Lemonade (Expect Good Things to Happen):
There are people who seem to go through tough times smelling like a rose.  You might know a person or two like this--the ones who no matter how bad it gets, hold their head up high and emerge in a better position than before.  Luck?  

Failure happens to everyone.  And it really stinks.  Big time.  But, even when rejection or failure happens, when you have the ability to work hardbe open to new opportunities and stay optimistic no matter what, it's easier to bounce back and keep moving towards the dream.  I'm not saying to ignore the pain and disappointment of failure.  Rather, use this as the fuel to get to where you want to go.      

When you expect good things to happen even when you're at the bottom of the pile, you're able to focus and work to discover creative ways to turn those lemons into lemonade.  Otherwise, you're just going to sink to the sludge, and that's no fun, is it?    

Are you ready to work hard and create your own luck?


Christine M said...

You did it once again! A great inspirational post! Thanks!

m. thompson said...

Wow. This makes a lot of sense! Thanks for this.

PJ Hoover said...

Yay on the great post! And a perfect day for it.

Becky Levine said...

I like this post a lot. For years, I thought I had lousy luck--life seemed pretty unfair. These days, I feel incredibly lucky. And I think that, SOMETIMES, luck is about saying, "Yes."

Mary Lee said...

Thanks for the great inspiration! Now I'll get to work...

laurasalas said...

Love this! I'm a big believer in the Jefferson quote.

Thanks for sharing some other ways in addition to hard work that we can get lucky:>)

Sara Latta said...

Great post. And Louis Pasteur, who knew a thing or two about being open to new opportunities, said, "Chance favors the prepared mind."

Callipygia said...

Happy St. Patty's Day HWM- Hope you keep envisioning and creating more luck and magic!

The Cole Mine said...

So true and I wholeheartedly agree! Now I'm inspired to get out there and make some of my own luck! Enjoyed your post (and have been enjoying your blog for some time). Hope you had a fantastic (and lucky) St. Patrick's Day!

courtneywrites said...

Wow, I loved this piece -- just loved it!

BJNewman said...

Great, advice, HWM! I'm sending a link to this post to a listserv I have for illustrators, hoping one person in particular might take it to heart.

Thank you!

MotherReader said...

I didn't see this post originally because I was in Las Vegas on that day, and losing money at low stakes video poker and cursing my bad luck. Ironic.

I love what you've written here. I found myself thinking about luck a lot over my vacation, and the different kinds of luck, and when luck isn't really luck at all, but something more like what you're sharing in this post. Great stuff.