Luck is for Losers

I’m far from a motivational personality or self-help guru. In fact, I don’t even know if my advice is any good or relevant to anyone else. All I can do is share my opinion and hope it sparks some form of resonance with another individual.

I used to be a firm believer in luck. I thought that it would only take one moment of good fortune to change everything. Unfortunately, this belief also was my greatest inhibitor without me even knowing.

Luck ended up being my excuse for not trying hard enough. I had this inherent fear of failure inside, and I would rather not attempt something than experience the agony of defeat. To top it all off, I’d get frustrated that life was passing me by and I wasn’t achieving what I wanted.

I deemed myself as just an unlucky person. It was utter rubbish and a poor excuse.

I can’t really pinpoint the moment when my attitude changed, but it was a result of two things: i) the hoping for luck thing wasn’t really working; and ii) I realised I was the master of my own destiny and needed to focus my energy on this than sulking.

If you’re expecting me to say that this change was easy or it resulted in a whole new lease on life, please leave this page now. I have failed more times than I can count. I have tasted disappointment. I have cried and bled for my dreams. Yet, even so, I’ve achieved many more goals than I thought would’ve been impossible had I not tried. My outlook has shifted from failure is catastrophe to failure is one step closer to the right path (it’s like art where you will rip up endless creations until you find something that moves you). I’ve found I’m ignoring limitations more and more, viewing them as hinders than actual bars or measuring sticks. But, most importantly, I realised there is no one keeping score – the average human doesn’t care about what you’re doing with your life, including victories and defeats.

Yes, luck is about being in the right place at the right time. However, if you aren’t putting yourself out there and trying, how will you ever find a couple of right places and times? Luck – without blood, sweat, tears and trying – is a fallacy. This is why luck is for losers, because real winners know that you need to create a deck of aces, not just hope for them.

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