Don’t Get Lucky. Get Working. Hard.
I was reading an article on LinkedIn this morning that was discussing how some of the Comments after the article attributed “lucky” to the outcome of the subject matter. According to entropy (the second law of thermodynamics), luck, or chance, is not a viable option for anything. Even candid evolutionists confess that it’s difficult to prove our origin by chance (“If we came from slime, where did the slime come from?” “If we came from aliens, where did the aliens come from,” etc.). What bothers me is there are a number of people willing to attribute hard work and success to luck.
Luck is not a thing to be attained. It’s a word to describe what we don’t understand or cannot define. It’s a state of being, not a material thing or something we gained by no effort of our own.
“Wow—you’re really lucky you didn’t get hit by that car.” Means we are fortunate that we have not been hurt. We escaped pain and anguish by no efforts of our own—it happened “to” us. Our life wasn’t altered. It’s almost as though the ‘natural’ thing would have been to be hit by the car and we are having an unnatural experience. Rather an odd way we think.
“She’s lucky in life.” When we see someone come into a lot of good fortune in many different ways, getting benefits naturally—getting “more” than their fair share of good things, getting things without apparently putting in the work, I really think we are really saying, “I envy her” or “she got a benefit that I am not getting” or “she didn’t do anything to deserve that windfall.”
Leaders & Entrepreneurs
For leaders and entrepreneurs, working 14 hours a day does give a benefit that others who are not putting in that amount of time are not getting (and some out-of-balance things, too)—much like a gold medalist probably put in a lot more time than someone who didn’t qualify in the first round (assuming both are talented). If you do the work, you get the benefit of that work. Even if you fail, you fail forward (hopefully!) and gain the increased knowledge of your experience so you can grow, learn, and apply that knowledge in the future—something those not putting in the same effort do not enjoy.
Lucky is always in hindsight. I think it’s an excuse we give for ourselves for not achieving the same goal. I think we are really saying, “I wish that happened to me” (or would happen to me) or “that person doesn’t really deserve that.” I think we say it to cover our anatomy, stay in our comfort zone, and chalk up the other person’s experience to anything but hard work. Very, very few people in this world are “lucky.” We get in life what we are are—not what we want.
If you don’t do the homework, you won’t get the grade. It’s time to get out of our comfort zone and into our capacity zone. Then maybe others will be able to look at us and say how lucky we really are.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas Edison
Keep pushing and working toward your goal. Get help to achieve it if you need to, but don’t wait for luck to attain it—or you’ll be waiting a long time.
MAKE IT a great day!