If you are easily offended, I would suggest you skip reading this post as it is a little blunt. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Anyway, I think there is a big perception problem in our country and our industry. I cannot tell you how many times I hear the phrase, “Your so lucky” when someone is describing someone that is successful in business, life, or other avenues. By looking at a successful person and coughing up their success to luck is an insult. The person you are describing probably resents the comment and even if you don’t say it out loud, they most likely know that is what you are thinking. I think people love to assume luck was the determining factor in a person’s success because then they have a reason to not go after their own dreams and desires. They talk to themselves and say things like, “I will never be that lucky” or “That is a one in a million person and opportunity” To put it bluntly, it is a load of BS. Now don’t get me wrong, luck does exist, but very few people attain all their success through luck. They may have caught a lucky break, but they caught it by working their tails off. You need to put yourself in a position to get “lucky”. Other people will view your success as pure luck, but you will know better. It is also easy to justify a persons success by luck because if you don’t know that persons history, then you are only looking at half the picture, and the good half at that. Behind any successful person is a ton of failers. I have many friends who have achieved great things ranging from selling companies for hundreds of millions of dollars to starting a non profit. They all have a couple of things in common. They were relentless in their drive to succeed, their persisted hard after most would have given up, and they failed a lot before reaching what outsiders would see as luck. Bottom line is if you want success, there is no magic formula, you are going to have to work harder than you ever have in your life and make big sacrifices that most people will never do, but if you do, there can be huge rewards as a result.
By the way, LUCK stands for – Laboring Under Correct Knowledge.
Joshua Gair – Impact Entertainment Services