I consider myself a lucky person. I also believe though that to a large extent we make our own luck. I’m from the Thomas Jefferson school of thought. He said “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”
Think about it. You might go out to a networking event and happen to bump into someone who it turns out has a friend who is looking for someone who offers exactly the service that you do – how lucky! Except it isn’t is it? It happened because you made the effort to find out about the networking event, make yourself vaguely presentable, go along to it, not trip over into a potted plant on your arrival, chat to people and ask them questions about themselves. You made your own luck.
I definitely believe that if you want to be lucky, you have to put yourself out there, say yes to things, meet new people and seek out new opportunities.
That said, there are those people who do seem to just be annoyingly lucky – the sort of people in this infographic who can just sit at home casually watching TV and eating biscuits and have multiple lottery wins fall in their lap or who play Paddy Power bingo once on a whim and win a squillion pounds. No matter how many networking events I attend I don’t think I will ever be that lucky. Although actually playing the lottery would probably be a good start.
What’s the luckiest thing that has ever happened to you? Do you believe we make our own luck?