Why There Is No Such Thing As Being Lucky

by Laura Elizabeth

Sometimes when you explain to friends, family, co-workers how you got to where you are they’ll respond with a well-meaning ‘you were lucky’.

Sure, getting your big break while standing in line in a coffee shop could be seen as mere luck, but I believe we have more control over our luck than we might think.

Imagine these two scenarios:

Scenario 1

You’re stressed.

Standing in line in Costa again while the person at the front seems to have been unaware that he actually has to pay for his coffee.

He’s fumbling around in his pockets searching for change.

You’ve got a busy day ahead of you full of meetings, phone calls, errands and that other thing.. oh yes, actual work!

The woman in front of you smiles and rolls her eyes, “Typical — the one day I need coffee the most is the one day I don’t want to be late” she says.

You grumble a reply, not making eye contact hoping she won’t continue this conversation. You just want to get your coffee and get out.

Scenario 2

You’re equally as stressed but things can’t be that bad if you have the time to treat yourself to a chocca mocha latte.

The man at the front is fumbling in his pockets and you suppress a chuckle thinking of how the Costa User Experience could be improved.

The woman in front of you smiles and rolls her eyes, “Typical — the one day I need coffee the most is the one day I don’t want to be late” she says.

You respond telling her you know how she feels and strike up a conversation.

If anything, this will make the wait less dull.

Turns out she’s the CEO of YourDreamJob inc. and she’s actually looking for somebody with a set of skills similar to yours to collaborate on an upcoming project.

She invites you to sit for a coffee and you leave with a new connection and a potential job!


Now try recounting that story to your friends and family. “So how did you manage to land that job?”

“Oh well I was standing in line in Costa, got chatting to this woman, turns out she’s the CEO of YourDreamJob inc. and she offered me a job!”

“Wow, you’re SO lucky!”