If you achieve your dream career, or can afford a beautiful home, or achieve something you’ve been striving for you’re often told that you’re lucky. Out of millions of people trying to be or do x or y, you’ve done it. You’re the lucky one, or are you?
In essence they’re removing some of the credit from your effort, by suggesting that you’ve just been in the right place at the right time. But how where you in that place at that time?
Most likely it is due to the fact that you worked your ass off. You didn’t land on your feet, you built the ground below you and made your own luck.
When trying to bag your dream job sometimes there is no clear path forged out for you so you just muddle through, keep working at it, and hope for the best.
I don’t believe that the people who achieve their dream career, or find their partner, or house are lucky or that they’ve just happened to be in the right place at the right time. You will achieve the career, home, life, friendships you want if you continually work for it. Educate yourself, practice, and keep pushing your work and self out into the world.
You essentially make your own luck.
For instance, I blog, not because I want to be a blogger – I don’t have the time or fashion sense for that tbh. I blog, because I want to write and I want people to read what I write. I also would never have admitted several years ago that I wanted to be a writer, because how unachievable is that?! Only the lucky ones make it right?! Not necessarily.
Success is whatever it looks like to you, for me that is happiness – in the form of spending time with family, friends, travelling, and writing for a living.
Equally, all of my friends at drama school act all the time, in short films, on their course – they are always working. The same with my pals studying Science or Design or English or Maths, they work CONTINUOUSLY to get the best grade they can, to give themselves the best chance for the PhDs or job that they want.
Are they lucky if they get one? No, course not. They just put in months of hard work, they’ve made their own luck. They put in the work and it’s paying off.
It won’t always pay off straight away either.
Your effort might pay off this year, or in three years time, or seven attempts later, but it’s still paid off. You’ve still made your own luck, and it probably feels a great deal better after persevering.
Also, you may find something that makes you happier than what you were striving for. Is that lucky? That you found out what you really want to do or be? No, you hustled along and figured it out for yourself. Take some credit my peach.
Just keep doing what you’re doing as you’re making your own luck my peach. Keep at it, and who knows what could happen.