Now before I start I will say there are some things in your life that are pure luck and completely out of your control. For instance, I am lucky to have been born in Scotland when I could have been born in a slum in a third world country, that, and other things like it, are all luck, pure chance, but they are the subject of gratitude and not what I want to talk about here.
No, here I want to talk about those who got lucky and “made it”. The youtube star who got famous and had a viral video, the blogger who got shared by a big name in only their first week after publishing, the podcaster who got a famous listener early on.
You could say stuff like that happens because people are lucky, I know people who do say that, but I say it comes from hard work.
Doing the work and showing up regularly is a way to allow these lucky events to happen, because you’ll never “get lucky” and have a good idea if you don’t start anything. I had no idea my business venture that would make the most money would be writing about sleep and mattresses, it was lucky I thought of it and got in towards the start of a growing industry (online mattresses) but it’s not a coincidence that I’d had two failed ventures before that.
Likewise, the youtube stars like Jenna Marbles started long before it was normal, they were in the unknown before YouTube was established and the norm it is today, they dared to do something different before anyone else was and so got a head start. That doesn’t sound like luck to me, that sounds like a solid mixture of courage and hard work.
Luck does happen, and it is nice when it does, but the people who got lucky weren’t waiting for it, they weren’t resenting other people who got breaks they didn’t, they’re too busy moving forward and working hard, if luck comes along great, they’re going to get straight back to work after regardless.
What I’m saying is you can make your own luck, make it by working hard and pushing yourself, and remember you’ll probably only notice luck came when someone points it out.