Are Successful People Just Lucky?

It’s easy to think that successful people are successful just because they’re lucky, right?  We all know people who always seem to have things go their way – even bad situations turn out good for them.

We often hear stories about people who seem to have the Midas Touch – whatever their hands touch turns to gold.  Or those who, with just one invention or product or experience, suddenly “make it big.”

These things all happen because of luck, right?

What My Fortune Taught Me About Luck

Recently, I had dinner with my family at a Chinese restaurant.  As is customary, at the end of the meal, we all opened our fortune cookies to read our “fortune.”

I have always been fascinated with many of the proverbs I’ve found in fortune cookie “fortunes” over the years.  And this most recent one I received did not disappoint.  It said:

Good luck is the result of good planning.

What?  Good luck doesn’t just “happen”?  Actually, this wasn’t a new idea for me.  Some years ago, one of my mentors taught me that what we often call “luck” is really the result of preparation.  He said:

The “chance of a lifetime” comes to those who are already ready for it.  Opportunity knocks on doors that are already open to it.

His point is that something “magical” happens once we take steps toward achieving a goal – whether it is to start a business, find balance in our lives, get out of debt, etc.

Somehow, the moment we decide to move in a direction, other things in our lives also start to point us in that direction.  And the more we plan and prepare, the more our plans become a reality.

What do you think?  Has this been true in your life?  Or could it be true?  Please share your thoughts in our comments section.

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