Often times I feel that we misconstrue others good fortunes as a result of luck. And while that moment of being at that right place at the right time imperatively is a factor to our success its what we do to propel ourselves to bask in that moment that counts.
I'm certain we've all heard it daily. From friends, family, colleagues. The complaints and the explanations as to why something is not happening. And I readily admit guilt to the same mindset holding myself accountable for my own follies. How many of these sound all too familiar?
- "I just don't have the money/time"
- "No one is there to help me (parents, friends, etc)"
- "I'm not good enough/smart enough"
The sad thing is as we build these excuses, something detrimental begins to manifest. We believe them. We believe we are not good enough, not strong enough...our self bullying becomes a reality - effecting every bit of our core from how we look to how we feel. While we all face different struggles and hardships, and while these times help define us in answering the questions of who we are and what we stand for, it is up to you to find out how you can overcome, how you can improve, and you must actively seek this information and growth at all times.
Meet Lewis Howes. Lewis is an entrepreneur who began a new journey to become his greatest self after an injury left him unfit to play professional football, forcing him to reinvent who he was, what he wanted, and what he was capable of. After a stint of depressive thoughts and wallowing on his sisters couch, Lewis decided to rise up, dust himself off, and start anew. By interviewing mentors, examining himself and defining his purpose he emerged anew, ready to take on the world with a vision. Through the creation of new content he excelled forward creating The School of Greatness podcast and book (now a New York Times Best seller) and started to tour the world branding himself as a motivational speaker providing key insight and ultimately sending the elevator back down in the theme of if I could do it as can you.
This leads me back to our concept of luck.
"What we do every day matters more than what we do once in a while" (Lewis Howes, The School of Greatness).
While luck is a factor and one that we cannot control we can control the factors that lead us towards becoming lucky. For example if you want to become an actor, one cannot simply wish for this dream to happen. Studying, practicing, and joining acting circles may be a first step. Moving to a city such as NYC or LA could play an important role in your being discovered. Networking within that city and taking as many acting gigs as you can get to gain exposure might be next. And even with all the hard work the reality is you may never get the role you dreamed of. But you increased your chances exponentially in trying. And even if you never made it, at least all your time was dedicated to doing what you love.
Thomas Jefferson once said, "I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it."
Don't let yourself become victim to believing the negatives, work hard, and create your own luck.
I recently had the opportunity to meet Lewis Howes on the last leg of his book tour in Little Italy in downtown San Diego, where he inspired the crowd with his story and signed a few copies of his book for myself and a few friends of mine I intend on giving the book to for Christmas. It turns out we are both from the same town in Ohio. I hope that this message will resonate with them the way it has for me and I thank Lewis for being a factor in my own personal growth as a man.
- You can find the book, podcast, and more here at http://lewishowes.com/
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