From the Desktop of Michael DeMos: The Myth of Luck

The Myth of Luck

I remember asking my dad how one of my friends got so lucky to have a new bike. He said, “There is no such thing as luck, but I can give you some work to do that will get you that new bike! Make your luck, son!”

Luck, often considered the mysterious force behind an individual’s success, is mostly a myth to me. I know it happens because I have seen it, but I have also learned not to rely on it.

The truth is, the notion of luck is often a disguise for the hard work and persistence that underpin success. While chance occurrences certainly play a role in life, relying solely on luck is a passive approach that leaves outcomes to fate. I am not a fan!

Consider the stories of highly successful individuals across various fields — entrepreneurs, athletes, artists and more. Behind every stroke of “luck” lies countless hours of effort, sacrifice and resilience. These individuals didn’t sit around waiting for opportunities to fall into their laps; they actively sought them out, seizing every chance to learn, grow and push past obstacles.

Creating your own luck requires a proactive mindset and a willingness to embrace challenges. It means setting clear goals, developing a strategic plan, and relentlessly pursuing excellence, even in the face of setbacks. It means cultivating a mindset of resilience, viewing failures not as roadblocks but as opportunities for growth.

Moreover, creating your own luck involves building meaningful connections and nurturing relationships. Networking, seeking mentors and surrounding yourself with supportive communities can open doors to opportunities that might have otherwise remained hidden.

In essence, luck is not a mystical force but a byproduct of hard work, persistence and a proactive approach to life. By taking control of our destinies and refusing to be passive bystanders, we become the architects of our own success. So, the next time someone attributes your achievements to luck, remind them that luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity — and that preparation is entirely within your control.



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