No matter how hard you work, how good you are, how smart you are, luck always plays a role in everything you do. In work, in health and in love. Without luck all bets are off.
There is luck that comes from above, and it is unexplainable. And then there is luck which we can influence. Being kind, in my view, makes you luckier. Being a misery generally seems to attract further misery, and there is no luck in that.
Gary Player once said that the more you practice the luckier you get. Yes, luck certainly does favour the persistent. There is no substitute in life for hard work. People who work hard generally are luckier than people who are lazy.
Bob Metcalfe, who founded the tech company 3Com, once said “I didn’t make money from inventing the Ethernet; I made money from waking up early in cheap hotels rooms all around the world.”
I could go on and on, quoting many famous people, who all said similar things. I like these quotes. They are spot on. Mr. Metcalfe’s comment in particular – he had to make the luck happen. Creating the Ethernet computer network was not enough. He still had to knock on doors and turn over every stone he could find. Knocking on doors makes you luckier – that I have learned over the past 30 years.
The American industrialist J. Paul Getty once said the secret to success was: “You wake up early, you work hard, and you find oil.” He hit the jackpot! Tomorrow you could get up in the morning, and find gold in your back yard, and the rest will be history. Of course, the more you dig, the more you have a chance to find the glory at the end of the rainbow. But one thing is for sure, if you dig for oil in the wrong place you are not going to find it.