Success: Plain Hard Work or Just Lucky

Do you marvel at how some people seem to have all the luck, a Midas touch where everything that they attempt is a success on the first pass?

We are dazzled and mesmerized by the apparent ease with which they achieve what they set their minds to do, and right before our very eyes it all seems to happen.

As for the topic of this article, I ask if perhaps there may be a combination of both involved?

Just to illustrate, in Max Gunther’s book How to Get Lucky, he listed some of the characteristics and behaviors that “lucky” people have. Here are 5 of them that anyone can use to get lucky!

1. They prepare and plan

It is just that we do not see the thinking, planning, that operates quietly in the background.

2. They take calculated risks

This means researching and weighing up of their options, and seeking advice from someone who has done and succeeded at what they want to achieve and then taking action.

3. They put themselves in situations where they meet people

Where there are lots of people, there are the seeds and kernels of opportunity. But remember to engage these people and let them know who you are and what you can do for them. If this sounds like networking, it is.

4. They know when to cut their losses

There is nothing sadder than wishing that a bad investment decision will do a Lazarus and rise from the dead. If it is bleeding your cash reserves dry, off load it. Learn from the experience and move on.

5. They have a belief in a Higher Power

I interpret this one as having a sense of destiny and a belief that by being financially successful, they can make a positive contribution in the lives of others.

Now, substitute the word “they” for “I” and step up to the plate.

Yours in health, wealth and happiness

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