Have you ever believed in the idea of “luck” or “fortune”? I have never been one for luck, especially if it demands a rabbit’s foot, green Leprechaun, or moonlit ceremony. Recently, I can across a quote by Seneca about luck (or lack thereof) that struck home to me: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
Sorry, no such thing as luck, folks!
Luck does not actually exist. The definition of luck is the “success or failure apparently brought by chance than through one’s own actions.” Luck is thought to exist through outside forces; it is a random occurrence. True success is not brought about through luck or chance; it is created through hard work and preparation.
Be prepared for Opportunity when it comes your way:
- Identify what your goals are. Make a list starting with the most important to the least.
- Create a realistic start date; take actionable steps towards your goals. Just like most things in life, the beginning of a journey is the most arduous, but once you start, it becomes easier – you gain momentum.
- Milestones. Milestones act as markers along the way to your ultimate goal. Make sure that you take pause and appreciate how far you’ve come – treat yourself!
- Accountability Partner. When you have goals that you would like to meet, it is sometimes smart to share your goals with another person; it makes them more real to you. They can serve as a support system when things get tough.
There have been a few moments in my life where I have seen preparation and opportunity meet cohesively. All my life I have worked hard and made the “responsible” decision. Through high school, university, and work, there have been times where I have had my nose buried in school notes, essays, or spent many late hours at work. Just when I start to feel tired, I remembered what my long-term goals were, and it kick-started me!
Those times where I started to lose my drive it was because I took my eyes off the goal. Henry Ford once said “obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” When you reach those same rough patches, remember your long-term goals, and the milestones that mark your progress.
Every time I pushed through those rough patches, and persevered there was a break-through. I received early acceptance to the university of my choice, I aced that exam, got the internship I wanted for years, or the job position I had been vying for.
Take One More Step…
My experiences have shown me that when life gets difficult, take one more step, one more breath, and move forward. It may sound cheesy, but “Rome was not build in a day”, and neither is success. Life is a continued and unrelenting pursuit. If you prepare yourself for your success, one day the opportunity will arise and you will be ready for it, because of your past and continued perseverance and preparation.
by Brienne Torley is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada License.