I love talking about Luck. What is Luck? Is it real? Do certain people have more of it than others? Why? Can you increase your Luck?
I think about these questions a lot, because I consider myself lucky. But what does it mean to be “lucky”? (By now the workd luck must sound weird right? Semantic Saturation.) Anyways, I don’t think luck is something you are born with, but rather something you learn to acquire. I think being lucky has to do with the type of attitude you have in life, along with the ability to place yourself in situations where something “lucky” can happen to you.
Lets take for example what happened to me on New Years Day. After a night of celebrating, me and my two friends had a train to catch for Amsterdam in the morning at 8:55. We needed to take the metro to get there, and even though it should take 30 minutes to get there, there was a problem along the way, and we had to take a big roundabout route to get to the train station. We made it to the station 3 floors below the train platform at 8:50. Frantic, we ran up the escalators, through the turn-styles, and finally made it onto the train (panting, feeling sick, lugging huge backpacks) 1 minute before it was scheduled to leave.
Now, there are two different reactions that I could have had. I could have said oh what horrible luck I had! The stupid metro here sucks blah blah blah. Or I could have said wow, we are SO lucky that we made it considering what we went through and how close we were. I took the latter reaction. So in this situation, I kept a positive attitude, and in addition, I had put myself in this situation to succeed. I could have given up at any point and said “there is no way we will make it”. But the important thing was that I didn’t do that!
So, luck is what you make of it. Kind of like voodoo, if you believe in it, it can affect you. (note: I don’t believe in voodoo so don’t anyone get any ideas out there!). You can increase your luck by training yourself to be positive and find situations that put you in a good position to be lucky!
I read this article about luck, and I think it is very interesting and brings up very good points.
So in the end, i’m not lucky that I have luck, I have luck because I make it! What do you think about luck? I’d love to hear.