Whether you believe in luck or not, there’s something to be said for being in the right place at the right time. Was Steve Jobs lucky? Jeff Bezos? How about Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) in the 2008 movie Slumdog Millionaire?
Why is it that some people seem to have all the luck? Good fortune can be credited to the power of three elements.
Lucky people put a lot of effort into being near as many golden opportunities as possible. Put yourself in the right place at the right time by identifying and developing skills and knowledge to capitalize on sudden opportunities. You cannot catch fish if you are not near water.
Any professional athlete will tell you that “luck” came only after long hours of practice. Basketball players throw millions of balls from every inch of the court before they successfully make every shot. They know the practice that goes before the “lucky shot” is just as important as the game winning basket itself. A fish not caught on the first try is larger when finally caught.
A sad truth is that most people give up before they should. Being in the right place at the right time involves being in a lot of places at a lot of times. That may be inconvenient and even painful. Luck not only favors the well prepared, it favors the tenacious. Every successful person has come close to giving up many times, but they never stopped trying. If you do not fish often, the fish have little chance to bite.
Pay close attention to your proximity to opportunities; be available, follow through, practice, be persistent. You may one day become a “Zero to Hero” legend.
The road is easier together,