Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. Success cannot sustain itself on luck or circumstance or chance. Success is planted, nurtured and blossomed by each of us. We need to have a firm faith in our vision. We need to have a fierce determination. We need to have enough courage to take uncertain risks. We need to change our perspectives, the ways we think, the energies we emit. Sometimes we have to be willing to lose in order to win. And the best part? It comes down to us. Let’s not make excuses, let’s make things happen.
We all have potential to unlock. We all have more to offer and more to be. And we ourselves hold the key. Prosperity isn’t all down to luck or genetics or circumstances. It mostly comes down to perseverance, passion and the belief in our potential. We all start at the bottom, swimming breathlessly in the darkness. But if we keep going, we become stronger and see clearer in the dark. What makes someone accomplished is because they kept going, despite other people’s doubtful comments or even their own pessimistic thoughts. Don’t give up on yourself so easily. The world around us is just an abundance of dreams knitted together to create reality. If other people can do it, so can we. We are all good enough. We all have potential. It’s the biggest mistake to believe you don’t.
When we put hard work, enough time, and our best effort into a project, goal or relationship, the bigger and better our results. We all have our great days and worse days, but nobody just sails through life. To me, there are two strands to luck. There’s the ‘fate’ or ‘luck’ outside of our control that influences our life everyday, and this does to some extent affect our happiness and sense of accomplishment. Yet we can still control how we react to these unlucky situations. But we do create our own luck too, and that is achieved by investing in ourselves, in our skills, in our dreams and in what makes us happy. And through this, we open ourselves up to opportunities and success. We all have potential, we just need to believe in it, reach it and use it. Create your own luck. The harder you work, the luckier you get.
“Life is not a matter of having good cards, but of playing a poor hand well” – Robert Louis Stevenson
Some of us have this notion that some people are lucky and other people are not, where we usually categorise ourselves in the latter. But in truth, we can all be lucky and we can all be unlucky. Seneca says that “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”; luck actually comes down to the tools and the attitude we have. And the right tools and the right attitude are things we can all give ourselves. They are free. If we try to better ourselves at our craft or something we are passionate about, or if we try to learn new skills or take on new challenges, we will open ourselves to the opportunities that we envy in ‘lucky’ people. Our tendency to call people lucky and ourselves unlucky is born out of envy that someone has achieved something we want, but it is also born out of fear, because we don’t believe that we can get to that place too. Let’s not give up on ourselves because we think we don’t have a certain talent or a certain opportunity. With hard work, perseverance and a dedication to bettering ourselves, we can improve our station in life on whatever train track we want, whether work, happiness, school, relationships and so on. Let’s not bury ourselves in the idea that luck is random and unattainable. We make luck ourselves.
Everything happens for a reason. We’ve all heard that phrase before and maybe we even tell it to ourselves. But Shakespeare also wrote in his play Julius Caesar: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves”. We often believe in fate when things aren’t going according to plan or things are ‘wrong’. And in most cases its completely true that things will always turn out alright in the end and we thank Fate for intervening. But there is also a danger with thinking that everything passes through Fate’s hands, depending on what type of person you are. The danger is that we become complacent. If everything is down to fate, what agency do we really have and what can we really change? I like to think that everything does happen for a reason and that maybe there are multiple fates. Believing in fate does not mean I’m going to stop acting, stop believing, stop fighting, stop trying. Fate is almost a blessing and an obstacle at the same time, which can be hard to navigate. I think ‘Fate’ is something that can change depending on how we deal with it when it arises, the good and the bad. If we are complacent, fate might not be forgiving; if we try, fate may be rewarding. Maybe fate is a concept that is more about testing rather than about affirming. Maybe we create our own fate and maybe Fate helps us along.