The hardest working people tend to be the luckiest. They stay prepared and seek opportunities to capitalize off, in order to move forward. The concept of random luck, like lottery tickets, is reserved for the entitled and inactive (i.e. lazy folks).
Random sh*t will always happen, that’s a given. The only way to remedy hard luck is with hard work. The curve balls that life throws you are only going to be an issue if you haven’t been practicing your swing.
I’m a huge proponent of the alchemy concept. That’s the idea that we can turn anything into a golden opportunity. One of the first things required is to be dramatically less judgmental. We tend to evaluate things simplistically like, “Is this what I wanted?” “No” = Bad, “Yes” = Good. This logic is flawed.
All of us have experienced things we wanted and later regretted; and plenty of us have gone through what we thought was a horrible situation, only to realize it was a defining moment in our life.
Instead of jumping the gun, we should calm down, take a deep breath and examine our situations thoroughly. Opportunities exist everywhere; they’re not in plain sight. If they were easy to find, there wouldn’t be much benefit to finding them. Start digging and asking yourself, “How can I turn this sh*t to sugar,” you’ll have to be creative, but the ideas that come from within will astonish you.
There are a million stories of folks who took the momentum of some severe incident, and used it for their benefit. There is so much beauty that can only find its inspiration amongst the ugly of the world. It just requires an open mind that is willing to shed biases and allow itself to roam around seeing the problems from all angles.
Stop looking at things simplistically; there is no good and bad, and luck is simply the blend of opportunity and preparation. Many of my counterparts have been afforded the same opportunities as me, but weren’t prepared, and that’s why they’re not in my spot (ask them though, and they’ll say I’m lucky).
Figure out what you want, and prepare for it. Have faith in your power of alchemy to turn every opportunity to gold.
UnLearn – 101 Simple Truths for Better Life – Humble Poet