You may be thinking, “That’s just not possible,” but in this 5-Minute Friday, I want to challenge you to think differently.
Thomas Jefferson said, “I’m a great believer in luck. And I find the harder I work, the more I have it.” And that’s exactly what I’m talking about today — how do we create luck for ourselves?
Before I get into that though, keep in mind that most of us are already very, very lucky. We’re lucky to have running water, a roof over our heads, a family, and good health. We’re lucky to have privilege. We’re lucky to be alive at this very moment. Whenever you feel like nothing is going your way, remember these things! We have so much already!
So how do we call more luck into our lives? Whether it’s health, love, or money, luck definitely plays a key role. The worst thing you can do is just wait around for good things to happen to you. You have the agency to put yourself in the right place at the right time. You can attract luck, and today, I’m going to tell you how.
The first thing you can do to create more luck is to talk to more people. Many opportunities will present themselves to you just because you know the right people. You don’t have to be the smartest person or have the most talent! Knowing more people will put you in the right environment to cultivate luck. Put in the effort to expand your network, introduce yourself to more people, and add value to conversations.
This is something I started doing about 12 years ago on LinkedIn. I started reaching out to people who I did not know. I would also connect to people who I did know, and I’d build relationships on a deeper level. I’d constantly follow up with people. I would call people. I would meet them in person for coffee. I would go on walks with people and cultivate connections. And those connections turned into opportunities, which turned into more luck for me!
The second thing you need to do is learn more skills and start implementing them. Let’s just say you want to live a long, healthy life. Well, don’t just sit there and hope you live a long life and hope that you’re happy! Learn what you can do to boost your chances and then implement what you learn. I’m reading all these different books on eliminating cancer, intermittent fasting, and lifespan. I’m learning these things, and then I’m implementing those things, which creates even more luck!
The third thing you can do is to stop fearing failure. If you never try anything, your chance of success is zero. You’ve got to get out of your comfort zone and take more chances. And sometimes you’ll get lucky, not all the time, but sometimes. If you notice yourself falling into the same routine each day, make sure you mix it up. You never know who you’ll meet and what you’ll find by trying new things! Stop fearing failure because all great things come from breaking up the mold and getting out of that comfort zone. That’s what it’s all about.
If you do these things, you’ll put yourself in the right place at the right time, more often than not, that’s the key to cultivating and creating your own luck.
Want to learn more? Join me on Episode 1,026 to learn how to create your own luck!