Is it LUCK or HARD WORK?
Updated: Sep 7, 2021
“Some people dream of success… others wake up and work hard at it”…
I came across this wise quote a few days ago and it made me think about the amount of times I find myself telling Leaders while coaching, and even my nine year old boy, that “it is not about having luck, it is about working hard”.
Think about it… How many times have you heard a professional say “Oh but he/she is lucky because …” Well, not really!
It could be fate, if you want to think esoterically. Maybe it is in the books for you to achieve something; a specific position at work, a difficult to achieve business goal or even your dream of operating your own business. Or maybe, just maybe… you think, like I do. HARD WORK is what really puts you in a position where GOOD LUCK can finally find YOU!
Thomas Jefferson used to say that the harder he worked, the more luck he seemed to have. Estee Lauder once said: “I never dreamed about success, I worked for it”. I can guarantee there are many other professionals out there, who have a similar way of thinking. Anyone who has achieved ANYTHING great has worked hard for it!
When you hear stories of success, you never hear people say they were lucky… Henry Ford was not “lucky” when in 1896; he finally drove the first car through the streets of Detroit. He worked hard, day and night. He held a job during the day to support his Family, and then worked on his dream of building a vehicle every single night with no rest. He could have followed his father’s footsteps and become a Farmer, but instead, he followed his dreams and worked hard to make them come true.
This is just one example that all it takes is will power and hard work, because we all have the same opportunity.
Good habits create opportunity! I encourage you to keep on trying after you have failed. Learn from your mistakes. Educate yourself; we can never know “too much”. Be organized, set long and short-term goals, and track your progress.
If Thomas Edison had believed in waiting for luck to strike, we would still be living in darkness. If Henry Ford had thought “I’m hoping I have some luck when I put these parts together”, we would still be riding on horseback… Instead, they all educated themselves, learnt from what/who surrounded them, bettered themselves, and mainly WORKED HARD!
With this I conclude that I believe Luck has nothing to do with it…
HARD WORK = RESULTS
Now go and WORK HARD for what you wish to accomplish!
MICHÈLE C. KLINE