What does it mean to be lucky? The dictionary suggests that luck is; “success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions”, with the word fortune meaning both “chance or luck affecting human affairs” and “a large amount of money or assets”.
So the definition of luck has to do with chance.
However I like the quote:
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
I remember reading once an Olympian athlete was told that he was so lucky, his life was great, he had money and things were on the up and up after winning a gold medal. His response stuck with me (I’ll have to paraphrase); “You think luck brought me all this? Luck didn’t get me up at 4am every day to train. Luck didn’t make me an athlete. And by the time I was competing in the Olympics – luck had nothing to do with that either. Every day I’ve been preparing, working hard, so I can perform at the right moment. The Olympics was my moment. You tell me what’s lucky about that.”
Again, that’s not a direct quote, however I hope the message gets across. Is the martial artist lucky that they got their black belt? Hell no – there would have been years of blood, sweat and tears that went into training first.
I really like this breakdown of L.U.C.K. – I think I heard this from Roger Hamilton years ago:
Location: Being in the right place at the right time.
Understanding: Recognising an opportunity
Connections: Knowing the right people
Knowledge: Having the knowledge and skills to take full advantage of the opportunity.
I believe in making our own luck – that why we can’t blame circumstances for where we are. There are so many stories of people who have come from much worse backgrounds & trauma than we have and have gone on to do great things.
Make your own luck.