Good Luck and Bad Luck Happen to Everyone; What Matters is What You do With Your Luck
How you make use of the lucky and unlucky circumstances that you come across, will determine whether you become successful or unsuccessful in certain aspects of your life: what could make a person successful is not the type of “luck”—good or bad—that they experience, but what they do with their type of “luck”.
Throughout history, countless real-life stories have shown and proven that opportunities come to people in the form of what is regarded as “good luck” and “bad luck”—lucky circumstances or unlucky circumstances—and different people have succeeded by making various uses of good and bad luck—fortune and misfortune.
Successful people have been more or less lucky and unlucky than unsuccessful people
One of the major differences between successful and unsuccessful people is that successful people have done remarkable things with both their lucky and unlucky moments, while unsuccessful people keep on sitting and waiting for only lucky moments; even when lucky or fortunate moments come, they usually don’t make good use of them.
Ask yourself: “What will I do when my lucky moment comes”? On the other hand, but less importantly, ask yourself: “What will I do when my unlucky moment comes”? Thomas Edison conducted a thousand unsuccessful experiments before he succeeded in inventing the electric light bulb which has been a great blessing to mankind since 1880.
It might not be wrong to conclude that the electric light bulb was invented after taking a thousand steps. If many people were in Edison’s shoes while conducting the experiments, they could have believed that they were “unlucky” or unfortunate, and given up after the first few unsuccessful experiments.
Each person has opportunities, not necessarily to become exactly what they want, but to become someone—the person they were meant to be
It’s one thing to attribute successes to good fortune, especially when the successes belong to other people, and it’s quite another thing to recognize that we live in a world that is full of opportunities, and each individual can do something with the good and bad moments that cross their path.
During so-called unlucky moments, your resolve to fulfill your dreams could be tested by your continuous practice and dedication, regardless of whether they are as equal as that of Edison, or even more or less than his. For some people, dedication and practice are required to hone their skills long after their inspiration or spark of luck or fortune disappears.
Will you be committed no matter what, or will you quit when things become too hard or unlucky?
We might not know exactly what makes some little boys and girls dream of becoming a musician, athlete, doctor, or study computer programming instead of something else. Although we can get a lot of inspiration by reading case studies of famous musicians, athletes, doctors, and computer programmers, we might still be unable to completely understand what makes some people continue practicing for countless hours, and be dedicated when confronted by misfortune, bad luck, or unlucky circumstances.
Where does their motivation come from? It comes from a spark of the vision they have about their future self—a dream of what they would like to become.
Usually, skill is the result of practice; it’s the product of persistent trial and error—especially in unlucky or unproductive moments— until the person “gets it right”
Although we could all agree that some people have special opportunities, and success relies on factors other than hard work, it’s not always true that every person can become exactly whatever they want. Where and when you were born can influence what you do, and what you can achieve.
Generally speaking, success or greatness doesn’t just happen: research has proven that, in too many cases, outstanding or highly developed skills are the result of practice—even intensive practice; they are products of persistent trial and error until the possessor of the highly developed or outstanding skills “gets it right”. Nobody walked on to stages of American Idol and overwhelmed the judges without practicing, and nobody successfully picked up a computer and started coding without practicing.
During unlucky moments in life, it may take a lot of dedication and practice to “get it right”. Our natural skills or talents won’t always be enough to keep us keyed in and dedicated when we are yet to achieve success; neither will our hours of practice. Although some skills seem to come naturally, others have to be developed when we don’t perform well with them, as much as we do in others.
Some things we consider as failures are not challenges that have to be overcome; they are signs that we should stop what we are doing and move in a different direction
During different stages in life, each person may need an initial spark or moment of inspiration to light up their path. This initial spark or moment of inspiration is sometimes entirely different from good luck; it won’t be difficult for you to come to this realization if you study how some people succeeded by using the same opportunities that were also available to people who couldn’t succeed. Generally, successful people embraced their “luck” or “opportunity” and used it to make extraordinary achievements.