Since I was young, I’ve heard the phrase, “the luck of the Irish.” Especially on March 17th for St. Patrick’s Day.
I’ve always felt very lucky in life, but I’ve also agreed with Oprah when she said, “I believe luck is preparation meeting opportunity. If you hadn’t been prepared when the opportunity came along, you wouldn’t have been lucky.”
You may meet someone serendipitously who ends up giving you a job or a connection that grows your business. But if you didn’t have your elevator pitch ready when you had that chance meeting, maybe they wouldn’t have made you an offer. You might be fortunate to be chosen for that promotion at work, but if you didn’t shine while doing projects up until that time, they may not have considered you.
As American President and author of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson once said, “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I find of it.”
Here’s to believing in our dreams, taking action to make them a reality, working hard and finding a little bit of luck along the way. The only thing we need to make magic in our lives is what we already have inside of us.
As Irish writer Frank McCourt once said, “You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.”
So use your palatial mind to think of ways you can work toward finding some luck. Today and every day.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!