Amybeth Hale – Research Goddess

February 28, 2009, 7:06 pm
Filed under: Networking/Social Media, Thoughts

Luck has nothing to do with anything. EVER. This is my personal opinion, but I don’t feel that you ever have a moment of luck.

Luck is when opportunity meets preparedness.

You make your own luck by how much you prepare for the moments in your life.

Are you prepared for the inevitable moments of your future? Don’t let them catch you by surprise. They sneak up on you quicker than you’d like them to.

Here’s something to consider: a significant number of lottery winners lose their winnings within the first 5 years, and actually end up worse than they were before. Is that luck? Let’s break it down – was winning the lottery an opportunity? Absolutely. Were these people prepared for it? 9 times out of 10, no way.

My thoughts on that situation are this: if you cannot manage your money when you’re making $30,000, what makes you think you’ll be able to manage it when you’ve suddenly got $3,000,000. Prepare yourself by not spending every dime you have, live below your means, and make sure you will have a way to provide for yourself if something unexpected were to happen.

This is the importance of preparation. When you consider the inevitabilities of your future – finding and losing a job, getting married, having children, buying homes – you need to prepare for these situations now. That way, when they come up in your life, you’ve prepared yourself with the resources you will need to deal with those situations.

There is an old fable about an ant and a grasshopper. Read it.

Now is the time to build your network – now when you may not have a need. Because when you need it the most, if you’ve sown into it, it will be there for you. If you wait until you need it to build it, you will be disappointed in the results.

Your “luck” will come when you prepare yourself for the situations of your future. Get started today and don’t be caught off-guard!


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First blog I read after wakeup from sleep today!

Mind Blowing!

Comment by Louie

In a professional sense you are right, though i disagree with this view where the larger aspect of life itself is concerned. One can reduce the probability of bad things happening and increase the chances of good things happening through preparedness, an element of the unknown is always there. However much one acquires, knowledge is infinite and always one lacks enough of it. You can only prepare based on what you know.

Comment by Ravi

[…] Opportunities to exercise this present themselves to us every single day in all different forms. I recently wrote a post on how I feel about luck. If you keep yourself prepared daily for the unexpected, you’ll find tons of […]

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[…] Luck happens when opportunity meets preparedness. Success is found traveling a narrow, difficult, and rarely traversed road. For this reason alone, not many people achieve true success. In the Declaration of Independence, we are guaranteed the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. What we are NOT guaranteed is happiness itself. If you choose to pursue it, you have the opportunity and the freedom to do so. But it does NOT mean that you’ll necessarily find it. I think a lot of people today feel like they have a right to happiness. But if it were handed to you without having to work for it, you would neither appreciate it nor place appropriate value on it. That’s why success and happiness must be worked for. […]

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