4 Ways of Becoming Lucky—The Last One Is What You Should Aim For
You are badly brainwashed if you think hard work and grind are the only things that will make you successful
Today’s world has over glorified working hard and hustling and grinding and whatnot. They sound sexy and give you dopamine hits for fifteen seconds until you swipe up in the search for something new.
We all know what an utter waste of time that is. But we can’t deny the fact that they are shaping our psyches.
Whenever we feel burned out or want some rest, this one thought peeps out of nowhere and starts shouting, “you will fail if you stop, rest or take a break.”
We are chasing vanity metrics. And following an unsustainable approach. It might lead us to nowhere.
So that means we need not work hard and I am going to give you a secret shortcut to bypass it?
Just like baking a cake, it is not only “baking” it but also decorating and putting a cherry on top. In the same way, there’s a subtle luck factor involved in making you successful.
There are not one or two, but four ways of becoming lucky.
You are already following the first approach of becoming lucky if you aren’t doing anything. Ditch that and pick one from the rest of the three.
Get ready to broaden your understanding of luck.
Luck, luck, where are you?
Hope luck finds you.
This is the first way of becoming lucky. We are all already trying to be lucky this way if we aren’t doing anything.
Most of us are stuck at this phase. We don’t want to put in the effort and yet want significant results.
How’s that possible?! Maybe this explains it.
People do get lucky in this way. Take, for example, winners of $1,000,000 lottery tickets. But it’s highly unlikely.
Not to mention, many become poor again at the same speed they attracted luck.
Simply put, it’s neither sustainable nor reliable. Should we move on to the next type?
Ah, here comes the hustle
Hustle until you stumble into it.
Hustle has become the buzzword we all can’t get over. It feels so positive and encouraging.
The best part of its popularity is it makes people unsatisfied with their efforts. Surround them with FOMO and complexes. And make them put in more effort.
This is only good until you don’t burn yourself out.
Once you do, you’ll suddenly start to see videos about how the hustle culture is bad for you on YouTube. This platform mysteriously knows everything going on in your life.
The point I want to make: use the power of hustle culture with care. It’s like fire—a good disciple but a bad (and mad) master.
Many people are getting lucky through hustle culture. So there’s no point criticizing it any further.
If it makes you more productive, to a healthy limit, it’s outstanding. You know your limits.
Don’t overdo it.
You miss, I hit
Prepare the mind and be sensitive to chances others miss.
This is more like being aware of what’s happening and optimizing yourself accordingly.
There’s always a pot of gold no one’s chasing. It may be hidden, hard to find, difficult to get, or yet not achievable.
But it’s there.
Having that mindset of being creative and sensitive to opportunities is a great way to become lucky.
Many of us fail not because we are bad at it or because it’s impossible for us. We sometimes fail simply because we didn’t know about the opportunity at all.
This has happened to all of us, right?
If there’s a writing competition going on but you aren’t aware of it or don’t take part, no matter how good your writing is, you’re not going to win.
You are letting luck slip out of your hands by not knowing about things.
Yes, you need not know everything. That’s the recipe for becoming a confused weirdo and an over-thinker.
Know how to separate the signal from the noise. Yes, that’s the best way to put it.
You are the best
Become the best at what you do. Refine what you do until this is true. Opportunity will seek you out. Luck becomes your destiny.
The ultimate. The man, the myth, the legend. Haha.
This is the best place to be. You are not chasing any opportunity but working so hard luck follows you.
“Become the best at what you do. Refine what you do until this is true.” This has become one of my key takeaways from the book The Almanack of Naval Ravikant.
If you are good at what you do, you need not put extra effort into chasing luck. Your talent is enough to attract it in itself.
This is how you truly become lucky.
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