Success: Luck Has Nothing to Do With It

Sometimes it seems like we are having a string of bad luck, and other days everything seems to go our way. Sure, we all have good days and bad, but why do some people seem to have more good days? At Finish Strong, we don’t think it has much to do with luck. Instead, it’s all about our attitude and our response to what happens. Here are five things to consider if you want to have more luck (success) in your life.


1. See the Work Behind Success

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”

– Thomas Jefferson

If you think someone keeps getting lucky, make yourself aware of the work they put into reaching their goals. Remember, at some point, persistence creates opportunity. 


2. Make Good Choices

“An exceptional life isn’t the result of lucky breaks but excellent choices.”

― Robin S. Sharma

Be mindful of both good opportunities and risky situations, and trust your instinct when it comes to knowing the difference between the two. Take responsibility for your life and every decision you make from the words you speak to how you spend your time. Realize that opportunities are plentiful if your eyes are open to recognizing them.


3. Get Rid of Negative Energy

“When it comes to luck, you make your own.”

― Bruce Springsteen

We all have bad days, the trick is to let them go and move ahead. Don’t get trapped by the what could-have-beens and the why-mes; focus on the what-could-bes. Don’t let focusing on past misfortunes steal your future good luck.


4. What Goes Around Comes Around

“Shallow people believe in luck and in circumstances; Strong people believe in cause and effect.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be open to having new experiences and learning new things. Some of those things are bound to bring new success. Don’t forget to be a good human either; treating people with kindness and respect makes you feel good and often brings residual effects.


5. Make Plans Now

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Go ahead and decide to make it happen. If you know your end goal, you can determine the steps it will take to get there and well as identify the opportunities that may give you a lucky push.

So put away the rabbit’s foot, four-leaf clovers, and horseshoes, because as Douglas MacArthur said:

“The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.”

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