Luck, particularly the good sort, can manifest itself in different ways. Finding a four-leaf clover. Hitting three green lights in a row. Nabbing the last ticket to a sold-out concert. Winning the lottery. Erm, being born without a stinky underarm gene. (Yes, that’s actually a thing.)
Thus, it’s all too easy to think of luck as something arbitrary, a “right-time, right place” kind of thing. This is also why it’s so tempting to absolve ourselves by crediting other people’s success to it. “S/he got lucky,” as we like to say, eh?
And yet, there’s no way any person can be singularly lucky their whole lives. No, there’s got to be something more deliberate going on.
The good news is, you can also create your own luck, just by cultivating a few simple habits:
- Practice gratitude, even in seemingly adverse situations.
- Build up your appetite for risk.
- Recognize the good stuff in bad ideas.
The happiest people are ace at practicing this. Life throws curve balls at us all the time. You’ll probably fail to get into your dream university, tank a crucial interview, or get rejected for a business loan. No one’s immune to disappointment, period.
This is precisely why gratitude is so important. I’m not talking about false positivity either, screw that. Take a moment to acknowledge your losses, but don’t let them blind you to any wisdom you’re sure to have gained from the experience alone.
Even the bitterest, most painful lessons can prepare you for bigger things later on. In a world where everyone complains 24/7, find something to be grateful about and thank the people who helped you along the way. You never know who might be listening and where that could lead.
Bigger risks = bigger rewards. That’s easier said than done, though. Taking a leap of faith is terrifying, after all.
So, why not take micro-risks first? Rather than immediately putting your hard-earned savings into your dream venture, why not take on an apprenticeship for the top player in the industry, for example? There is still some risk involved, but the stakes are lower.
These alone won’t guarantee your success, but each one will increase your confidence and courage: two things that can.
Here’s some real talk. There’s no such thing as an overnight success..
Luck and success are multi-layered. Good, workable ideas aren’t likely to come to you in a lightbulb moment. More often than not, you’ll have to sift for them amidst not-so-good ones.
If you can learn to look past these things and see the seeds of better things underneath, you’ll never lack opportunities to turn things around.
My business mentor had a philosophical approach to luck. He once defined it as “when opportunity meets preparation,” which makes sense.
We never truly know when or where good fortune will come our way, but it certainly can’t hurt to prepare. That way, we’ll be ready to take full advantage when it does come.