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Every morning at 6 a.m. before the Steve Harvey Morning show begins, Steve Harvey gives a few words of wisdom, motivation or whatever you want to call it. A few days ago as I'm driving to work, he comes on and he begins talking about the misunderstanding of luck and how he gets upset when people says he is "just a lucky person". His reasoning makes so much sense. People only see his money, fortune, and countless business ventures, but never take into account the hard work he's put in - basically undermining all of his talent and commitment. He goes on to break down what luck actually is..
Luck is when hard work bumps into opportunity. Non hard-workers don't see the value in opportunity so they miss so many of them and just sum their failures up to bad luck. Sounds something like this "Isn't there any easier way to do this?" "Keeping track of a budget is too hard" These people will hardly ever get that "lucky break". And for the spiritual folks thinking, "The Lord got me." or "God is gonna pull me out of this" FAITH. WITHOUT. WORKS. IS. DEAD. I know you've heard this before. Mr. Harvey ties blessings into his luck formula with the question "If you're not doing anything, what is He going to bless?" That application you didn't put in? That diet you stopped after 3 days?
I can see how luck played a part in my life so far, good and bad. Good luck - I worked my ass off while in school: teachers assistant, full time work schedule, studying, internships, networking, dozens of applications. The opportunity: an interview for the perfect first job. Bad luck - I slacked on budgeting and saving: eating out, pointless gadgets and toys, etc. The missed opportunity: a tired landlord was selling a duplex for $45k with estimated rental income of $1,400/month. When I saw all of the people who were able to make offers, I was thinking how nice it must be to have family money or rich friends to partner with; when in reality most of them worked really hard to get where they are.
Going forward I need to be in a constant state of action with my blog, goals, real estate, and relationships so I'll never miss another opportunity. Who knows where these things will take me or how I'll be blessed. But I do know that you can't win if you don't play.
How has luck played a part in getting you where you're at today? How hard did you work? What opportunities were you able to act on? Which one's did you miss? Why? Reflection and ownership is good for the soul lol