Some Guys Have All the Luck
Back in the 80s, there was a song called “Some Guys Have All the Luck” made famous by Rod Stewart. The song talked about how some guys would always get the girls they wanted and the things they wanted in life.
When we look at the many successful people out there, it seems like some people get lucky all the time while others are in a never ending struggle.
Why are some people luckier than others?
DEFINITION OF LUCK
I was fortunate to learn the definition of luck early in my business career from Earl Nightingale. I still remember listening to his audio book, “Lead the Field” and how he defined luck is “when hard work meets opportunity.”
When I first heard it, it had such an impact that I stopped and rewound it and listened to it a few times…
“Luck is when hard work meets opportunity”
The definition makes a lot of sense because life is about the law of averages. If you do something enough times, sooner or later you will be successful.
If a single guy goes out to meet more people, sooner or later he will find the woman of his dreams.
If a baseball player swings at more pitches, sooner or later he will get lucky and hit the home run.
If a manager takes on more projects at work, sooner or later he will be lucky and working on the big project that everyone else wants to work on.
If a salesperson talks to more people, sooner or later he will get lucky and make a big sale.
If a home business owner talks to more prospects, sooner or later he will get lucky and find the superstar partner he is looking for.
YOU CAN CONTROL LUCK!
Most people think of luck as something they cannot control; they think of luck as simply being in the right place at the right time or they think of luck as when someone beats the odds and wins the lottery. By the way, almost all lottery winners become poorer than they were BEFORE they win the lottery so would you really consider yourself lucky if you go through that experience of having money and then just having it disappear?
A key to success is to realize that you CAN control luck. It is true that luck is simply being in the right place at the right time but you can increase the chances of being lucky by going out and being at more places. Luck definitely won’t happen if you sit on your butt and do nothing. But the more you go out, you increase the chances that you will be in the right place at the right time.
You can control the frequency that luck happens to you!
If you work hard, put yourself out there and take a proactive approach to new projects, assignments, seeking business ideas… sooner or later your hard work will meet opportunity and luck finds you.
So.. luck is something you CAN control because life is all about the law of averages… if you go the extra mile and do the little extra things that others don’t do, you will get lucky sooner or later. And trust me, it is MUCH easier and the odds are much better that you will get lucky this way instead of just sitting back and hoping you win the lotto.
MY EXPERIENCES WITH LUCK
I am grateful for the big breaks that I have had in my life so far… and looking back, each break was when I did something extra that I really did NOT want to do but I did it anyway:
I got lucky at the NBA and got hooked up with a famous player because while others were back at their hotel rooms resting or at the bar socializing with colleagues, I was out there networking and seeking out new connections.
I got lucky to meet my beautiful wife Kelly because I went out to this 1 extra BBQ at my friend’s house that I really did not want to go to. I went to meet new people even though I was tired and wanted to just relax at home
I got lucky and found a great Filipino partner back in 2008 because I did this 1 extra meeting at 11:30pm at night… which required a followup meeting the next day at 2am!!! How many people would stay up and go out to do these extra meetings?
Luck happens when you do the 1 extra meeting… the 1 extra phone call… the 1 extra project…
What will you do today that will help you become lucky?
Let’s make this your LUCKY WEEK!
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