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Monday, May 13, 2013

Lucky vs. Prepared

·       The chance happening of fortunate or adverse events; fortune
·       Good fortune or prosperity; success
·       One's personal fate or lot
·       To gain success or something desirable by chance
·       Enjoying success; fortunate.
  • to make ready beforehand for some purpose, use, or activity
  • to put in a proper state of mind
  • to work out the details of : plan in advance
Do you have the type relatives and acquaintances that often tell you how lucky you are to be doing so well?  I have a handful in my life and even though I don’t show it, it irks me to hear that.  My most usual response is yes I am, the harder I work, the luckier I get.  To balance those statements: I also have a handful of relatives and acquaintances that are concerned for my health because they see how hard and diligent I’ve worked all my life to achieve my blessings.

What most people don’t realize or see is that I may be working hard but mostly smart.  As the saying goes, “there is a method to my apparent madness.”  I seldom do anything, by accident, there is always a planned purpose to any action I take.  I have enjoyed a few positive and unexpected outcomes from actions taken, keywords being; from actions taken.

In the past I’ve tried to show people how to make positive things happen in their lives, unfortunately almost every time these individuals were unable to sustain the required pace.  You can never compare success to a snowball rolling downhill, where at some point gravity takes over, and no additional effort is required by the snowball.  I like to think of success as a merry-go-round; it takes a level of continuous effort to get it going before you can climb aboard for the ride.  However, once the merry-go-round gets going you can’t just decide to get off, because you are likely to fall on your face.  Once I decided that I wanted a better life, than I could attain through mediocre effort, I had to keep it going until I could get on board and enjoy the ride.

My generation is very old school in that we believe that it’s not always whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.  A loss is not always a loss; if properly applied there is much to be learned from a loss.  The best is yet to come…..

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