Luck is a curious concept. To some, luck is the idea that the universe naturally favors some more than others. Another view of is it is the byproduct of hard, continuous effort. Still others believe luck to simply be Karma working her magic.
Some people even have lucky items, trinkets, or jewelry that they don in tricky situations or for everyday wear in hopes it will boost their luck. I myself have a “lucky” interview outfit. I’ve been offered every job I interviewed for while wearing it in fact!
In reality though, I don’t think this outfit is lucky or special in any way. It’s just a very well thought out and professional outfit that makes me feel confident. I actually spend numerous hours picking out the pieces and parts to make sure they fit together almost seamlessly. I suspect most luck is just the combination of preparation and opportunity harmonizing with skill and purposeful action.
“Luck?” Drizzt replied. “Perhaps. But more often, I dare to say, luck is simply the advantage a true warrior gains in excuting the correct course of action.” – R.A. Salvatore
There are, of course, legitimate situations where luck is truthfully luck of the draw. The lottery, a post going viral, or raffle drawings. Even trickier things like streaming start ups require a dash of actual luck to be absurdly successful as I have learned while watching my fiancé start his own streaming venture.
This is what makes luck tricky. Where is that inquisitive line that separates cause and effect from happenstance? How can we utilize our luck to be more successful without relying on it?
My philosophy is that we should never rely on luck for our successes and triumphs for numerous reasons.
First of all, relying on luck downplays our own achievements. This is something a lot of people I know do. They don’t want to look boastful or like they’re bragging so they chalk it up to luck. In the process though they undermine themselves and it can negatively impact self esteem and confidence in the long run.
Second, assuming luck is keeping us successful blinds us to opportunities for improvement. I believe this because most often someone counting on luck also blames a lack thereof for their failures. Rather than looking at what they can do better going forward they say “I just wasn’t lucky this time”. I am a huge advocate for continuous learning so this one is a huge pet peeve personally. You have the power, skill, and ability to achieve. Sometimes when you do the best you can, you might still fail and that’s ok because you can learn from it!! In fact I would go so far as to say that sometimes failure is better than success because you learn.
Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm– Winston Churchill
In most cases, I believe that the harder you work the luckier you’ll be. There’s no shame in wearing those lucky shoes, that special ring, or buying a lotto ticket every week as long as we keep fighting to be better ourselves. Luck might not always be there but our skills will be. ❤️