Have you ever heard someone say something to the effect of “it’s worked for me this long, it will continue to work” or “my father did this, my grandfather did this, his father did this and so on”? In life there are many things that if you want to accomplish, you just have to find someone successful and follow whatever they did. There are also many things in life that worked at one point in time but no longer work or at least not as well.
An example of the first is if you want to be successful in something such as real estate, you can find someone who is already successful and follow exactly what he did. If you do this, you have a good chance of being successful as well. An example of the second is someone who runs a business like it ran 50 years ago when his father or grandfather opened it. Today, everything needs to be computerized to stay organized and quick so that you can compete in the tough business world. 50 years ago, everything was hand written and filed. If you continue that today, you will not be able to keep up with your competition. You also may need to get a web presence so that you can compete with the global market instead of just the immediate area where your business is located.
Imagine a family who had a farm and made their living from that farm for 10 generations. For the last 10 generations, it might have worked really well and their family would have been very well off but now that we are in the information age, farming and many other fields do not do so well anymore. The owner of the farm might need to sell the farm and find something else to do. Unfortunately many people have the attitude that they have been doing it for so long that they don’t have to change. These are the unlucky people who are left behind.
In today’s day in age, to be lucky and successful, we must keep up with new technology, fads, trends, products and services. If we don’t know everything that is available, it is likely that we will miss out on great luckortunity. Successful and lucky people read and learn as much as they possibly can on their subject from books to magazines to going to regular conferences and trade shows. In the Information age, things change really quickly and if you are not on board, you are losing out.
I am a typical person more or less that has always tried to get away with doing the absolute minimum to get by. In school, I did my assignments last minute, I barely passes some of my tests, I crammed for everything and didn't care about retaining any information. I always wanted to be successful and get lucky but my problem was that I thought that luck and chance were synonymous. One day, all that changed when i found out that there was more to "Luck". I learned that it was possible to make your own luck and that people that were "lucky", all had very similar characteristics. I made a conscious decision to become one of those lucky people and the world started to open up. It didn't happen overnight and I'm still not there yet but at least I know what to look for and what to do. Recognizing the opportunities to get lucky is only the beginning of the battle. Now I have to train myself to jump on every opportunity and one day be truly "lucky".
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