Get Lucky Like the Irish


Being that it is St. Patrick’s day today, I decided to look into a little bit of the origins of the day. Since this blog is all about luck and getting lucky, I decided to focus on the well known phrase “the luck of the Irish”.

The most common picture that comes to mind when you think of St. Patrick’s Day and the Irish is a little green leprechaun with a four leaf clover that brings him luck. If you’ve been reading my blog, you will know that I don’t believe in lucky charms. I believe that people make their own luck and that it is possible for anyone to get lucky if they try.

St. Patrick used the three leaf clover also known as a shamrock to describe the trinity of the Christian belief. St. Patrick’s Flocks who were all descendants of Celts and Vikings were strong believers in the Druid religion of Magic and many gods. When they found a four leaf clover, they took it as a sign that the religions melted together and now they were just one. The Irish Soldiers who were fighting in the British army started wearing Shamrocks on their clothes as a magic protection against being killed in battle. This became known as “wearing the green”.

The Luck of the Irish

Very few of the Irish men who fought for the British Army were killed and they coined the phrase “the luck of the Irish”. Some people thought it was the Shamrock that brought them luck but if you think about it, there is a very good reason that these soldiers had a better success rate. They were all decedents of Celts and Vikings who were known as great fighters. These soldiers “Got Lucky” in War because they were good at what they were doing.

If you want you can believe in lucky charms and carry around your lucky four leaf clover but the point is that to get lucky, you have to be good at what you are doing. When several people compete for something, be it a job, a competition or anything else, it is usually the best person who wins. Getting lucky means working hard to be the best.

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