Was it just
luck that a young man happened to working on the pool one day at Hollywood
director George Lucas’s house and got discovered, or was there something more
to it than that? Oh yes, the young man was Harrison Ford. Do you consider
yourself lucky, unlucky or somewhere in between? Let’s take a look at this
trait and see if it really is a factor in your success.
most people would probably not argue with the saying, “The harder you work, the
luckier you are.” Harrison Ford may have been honing his skills and when the
opportunity arose to give a brief audition at the home of George Lucas, he was
knocks all the time and the part that is important to us and in our control is
if we are ready or not. You may add that it was very lucky for someone like
Michael Jordan to be 6’ 6” and if he had been a mere 5’10’ like the majority of
people, he would never been the great basketball player that he was. On the
other hand, you could say that the he made the most of the hand that he was
dealt and worked very hard with the size and talent he had.
people have something going for them that makes them stand out and the question
arises, “What do you do with it. “ Everyone is different and I know that my
skill set and interests would be very poorly utilized if I was to be an
accountant. Details and number crunching are not my thing, so I would be
foolish to think that, “Woe is me, I was born so unlucky because I cannot make
a balance sheet look like anything but a disaster. “
consider yourself to be lucky, chances are you will be. Alternatively, if you
think you are unlucky, you probably are. How many times I have heard people
say, ”I am so unlucky, I never win anything.” If that is you, why not have a
little bit of fun and see if changing your attitude can change your fortune. I
always believe that I will win a raffle or drawing. And, believe it or not,
many, many times, I do win. As a matter of fact, I am always somewhat surprised
when I don’t win.
I am not talking here about going to the
casino and spending your money that way, please don’t get me wrong. I am
talking about the game of life and the hand that we are drawn. First of all,
you and I are lucky because I am assuming that you are reading this in a first
world country that you have a roof over your head and you haven’t missed too
many meals in your life. Try telling the kid in a slum in India about how
unlucky you are!
on luck to make you a success. Just let it be a perk that comes from your
amazing attitude! In a recent study that was reported in USA Today, it was
found that 41% of respondents were planning on winning the lottery to fund
their retirement. That is a crying shame. Planning one’s retirement with sound
financial strategies is far better than just wishing and hoping.
In so many
instances, just trying harder can be seen as being lucky. I have an example of
such an occurrence in my life. In my carpet cleaning business, I wanted to have
the largest carpet retailing store in the area be a source of referral business
for me. After practicing my sales skills at smaller stores, it was finally time
to go to this big store and see if I could land this account.
the day that I decided to go to this store, while I was getting close to the
store one of the typical torrential Florida rainstorms began and by the time I
reached the store, the rain was coming down in sheets. I went into the store
and, because of the heavy rain, there were no customers in the store. Because
of that fact, the manager not only gave me his full attention but asked his
entire sales staff to come over and listen to my presentation. As they say, the
rest is history and that store remains today as one of our most important
referral sources, giving us lots of business.
Was it luck
that it rained so hard on the day I finally approached the store or was it the
fact that I had worked so hard planning and preparing to ask this store to work
with my company that it all worked out so well? Again, I can’t say for sure
that luck is merely coincidental but what I said at the beginning, I truly
believe and that is that the harder you work (and with the right attitude) the
luckier you become.