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Power Up Passages

Lots of Luck.
April 7, 2003.

"The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone."
Orison Swett Marden

It may surprise you that the most successful people on this planet are, by and large, a lucky lot. That’s right, the majority of the top achieving champions always seem to find a way to garner more than their fair share of life’s lucky breaks and lucky bounces. Time after time, Lady Luck always seems to smile their direction as they live one power packed day after another.

The rest of the crowd, nowhere near as fortunate as these lucky folks, sit on the sidelines and wonder how in the world anybody can be this lucky all of the time. They complain long and loud how it’s not fair for these other folks to have so much luck. They never realize that they could be just as lucky if they would simply stop complaining and instead start making the most of every moment they’re granted on earth.

"Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some of the most successful people around are indeed some of the luckiest folks on this earth. But contrary to what the not so lucky contingent believes, these winners created their own luck. Ray Kroc, the visionary who made McDonald’s the largest fast food company in the world, hit the nail on the head when he said, "Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get."

Thomas Jefferson echoed those sentiments by saying, "I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it." It looks like if you want to get lucky, then you need to get busy making something positive happen in your life. Rather than moan and groan about the hand you’ve been dealt, you need to play that hand for all it’s worth — giving life your very best shot every single day.

"All of us have bad luck and good luck. The man who persists through the bad luck – who keeps right on going – is the man who is there when the good luck comes – and is ready to receive it."
Robert Collier

What kind of luck are you having in your life? Good luck, bad luck or no luck at all? Is Lady Luck smiling on you — or do you feel like you’re out of luck? You’ll discover that once you take control of your life and accept complete responsibility for your actions, you’re going to enjoy more luck than you ever imagined was possible.

"Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit."
R. E. Shay

After you have invested more than your share of blood, sweat and tears to build the life you’ve always imagined, don’t be surprised if some less fortunate folks write off your hard earned success as some sort of luck of the draw. They’ll quickly assert that you have received all the lucky breaks and all of the lucky bounces as well. They may even attribute your accomplishments as some sort of beginner’s luck or luck of the Irish.

That’s OK. They just don’t understand that the luckiest people are invariably those individuals who make the most of their God given talents and abilities. Hopefully they will see the light one day and start making their own lucky breaks as well.

As your hard work begins to pay off and you start getting more and more of life’s lucky breaks, you can hold your head high knowing full well that you made your own luck in life.

The Bottom Line: Get busy making good things happen and you’ll become one of the luckiest people on earth.

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