Luck vs. Planning for Success

Welcome to another great Monday! Since St. Patrick’s Day is just a week away, I thought I would talk about luck vs. planning for success. I speak on this topic in my Star Achievement Series® training for executive and administrative assistants. It’s interesting to hear the different perspectives people have about luck. Some people truly believe other people are just lucky! They believe that the person they are observing got that great job or has a great career because they are ‘lucky.’ Other participants in my workshop fully believe that a person works hard and prepares themselves and then an opportunity arises and they are the right fit.

I believe that some people are lucky in that they inherit a lot of money or a family business. However, if that person does not have the skill or develops the skills to run the business, they will drive it into the ground. What we often see as luck is really a person who has prepared for months and even years to get that great job, launch a new career, buy that fantastic home or second home or gracefully retire.

The idea is that you should be in a “preparing for luck” mode all the time. Each day try to make even a small effort toward what you want to achieve. Baby steps will eventually get you where you want to go. Even in the most basic situation—a person who walks every day or makes time to work out 3 – 4 times per week, will eventually see success.

Are you just hoping luck will get you what you want or are you purposely making plans for success? What are some of the things you do now to prepare for your future success?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Joan Burge


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