Many people will think of themselves as either “lucky” or “unlucky”, but is this a true measure of life circumstance or just a state of mind?
It was only about 5 years ago that a friend passed on a definition of luck that perfectly described that way I’d approached it unknowingly up to that point. It’s a version of the quote often attributed to the Greek philosopher Seneca but has been re-attributed and remoulded many times. Regardless of who originally said it, the premise is absolutely correct in all cases…
<p style=”text-align: center;”><b><i>“Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity”</i></b></p>
As an example, I’ve had various opportunities in my life and for the most part I’ve taken them, whether prepared or not. These have led me to realising that I could’ve got more out of those opportunities if I had been more prepared so I subsequently took the steps to up my game to be more prepared for the next opportunity.
To a great extent, this comes down to attitude and is very much linked to whether you’re an optimist or pessimist.
As a general rule, pessimists tend to see negative outcomes in the future, whereas optimists tend to jump in open minded to see what actually happens. You’ve also got those who see themselves as realists who tend towards the pessimistic side and use prior experience to taint the potential in new opportunities. A realist who tends towards optimism will use their prior experience to prepare for a potentially negative outcome but still take the opportunity anyway and make the best of whatever happens. So essentially you fall in to only one of the two camps, optimism or pessimism.
For those of you who are firmly in the pessimistic camp, there is something that can be done to find a compromise in being prepared to take more opportunities. For any chance that you are offered, even if you might be putting potential negative outcomes in your way, simply ask yourself whether the opportunity is in any way linked to your long term goal or ambition. If the answer is yes, then take the opportunity, it it’s a no, then it’s up to you whether to take it or not. This system has served me very well so far, so it can work for you too.
In terms of the preparation side of the earlier quote, this can be the cause of some of the opportunities. For instance, if you take on some training in a relevant area of your goal or ambition, then you’re likely to be around similar like minded people with different connections. So there is a much higher probability of being offered an opportunity to take a step closer to where you want to be. As the people of The National Lottery always tell us, <b><i>“You’ve Got To Be In It To Win It”.</i></b>
Getting back to the title of this article, the anatomy of luck is quite simple and not some complex scientific formula. You have all the power to increase your chances of the mythical “luck” if you put yourself in more of the right places, then one day you’ll be in the right place at the right time.