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Good luck

Improving Systems and Habits

Scott Miker is the author of several books that describe how to use systems and habits to improve.  This free blog provides articles that to help understand the principles related to building systems.  

Good luck

Scott Miker

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Diligence is the mother of good luck.” There is a saying that the harder one works, the more good luck they get. I’ve even heard someone once say that good luck is simply preparation meeting opportunity.

While these all may motivate us and convince us to keep working hard and doing our due diligence, the reality is that luck isn’t something that we can completely control.

Regardless of how much you work, you will experience good luck and bad luck. They both go together and often can be confused when we try to judge a situation involving a chance outcome or occurrence.

We can do everything possible to try and account for a risk but there is still the possibility of a bad break.

While this perspective might seem negative, it shouldn’t be. It is reality. Therefore, we shouldn’t go through life trying to acquire good luck or expecting things to always work out for us due to our efforts or diligence.

Yes, diligence and hard work can bring more opportunities than being lazy and not putting forth effect. But luck isn’t something that can be completely controlled.

Therefore, we should shift our focus to simply be on improving. We will have ebbs in flows in life. We will have a lot of ups and a lot of downs. Sometimes things will perfectly fall into place and other times we will be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

If we maintain that there will always be some aspect of chance, and that the outcome could be judged as good or bad, we will not be surprised when we hit some aspect of bad luck.

Instead of feeling entitled to good luck due to something we can control, such as diligence or hard work, we can do the work necessary to improve and take the ups and downs knowing they are just part of the process.

To me this is how we break away from letting luck determine our life. We can keep on making improvements and getting better. This will allow us to live a positive, happy, successful life, regardless of the chance occurrences that we will come across.

We can always evaluate risk and find ways to improve the odds in our favor. If we do this and maintain the mindset to keep working hard through good luck and bad, we can truly improve in life, reaching new heights and accomplishing more and more.