“Luck is not an event, but a residue of process.” -MJ Demarco
Want to get lucky?
Then work harder.
Because luck is a by-product or process.
The truth is, there’s really no such thing as “luck.” There is only opportunity that is seized by the one who is prepared. In his book The Richest Man in Babylon, George Clason wrote:
“Opportunity is a haughty goddess who wastes no time with those who are unprepared.”
Low-level thinking attributes success to “luck,” claiming that winners only won because they were in the right place at the right time.
High-level thinking recognizes the other factors in a victory — the effort, the practice, the preparation.
Knowing this, there are actually ways to create more “luck” with money and opportunities. Here’s how.
“It’s a funny thing — the more I practice, the luckier I get.” -Arnold Palmer
Focus On Learning and Creating, Not Entertainment and Distraction
“My experience has shown me that the people who are exceptionally good in business aren’t so because of what they know, but because of their insatiable need to know more.” -Milton Hershey, founder of Hershey’s Chocolate
A lot of people focus on others, comparing themselves to more “successful” people. Often, this leads to envy, frustration, and discouragement.
When you compare, you waste precious energy on something you can’t control when you could be spending your energy learning. And there’s a lot you need to learn. Once you commit to learning, you’ll start seeing opportunities many people overlooked.
When I first started blogging, I was constantly looking at other blogger’s successes. I was jealous, and in my constant comparisons, I wasted much of my energy. As a result, I blogged for over 4 years with really nothing to show for it.
Once I finally decided to become consistent and focus on my writing, I saw a huge influx of readers. Previously, I was getting maybe 50–100 views a day. But a few months after deciding to truly learn how to write well, I was seeing hundreds, even thousands of views a day. I stopped focusing on the wrong thing and started spending my time learning, creating, and studying my craft.
A lot of people would see my story and call me “lucky.” Sure, timing is a part of the equation. But what others see as “luck,” I know it’s a natural result of putting in the work.
There’s no fortune without action, and there’s no progress without putting in the work. Everything stems from your effort.
“Luck is just one of the by-products of those who take the most action.” -Grant Cardone
Consistency Beats Talent, Luck, Good Intentions, and Even Quality
“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not;unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” -Calvin Coolidge
There are so many people in the world that are so much more talented than you.
They’re sexier. Smarter. Richer. More creative. More likable, more charming, better-connected, and better-looking.
But there is one, singular thing you can do better than them:
You can outwork them.
This sheer commitment to keep-going-no-matter-what beats your stronger opponent, every time.
Prolific actor Will Smith was once asked how he got to be so successful in his career:
“The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be out-worked, period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me, you might be all of those things. But if we get on the treadmill together, there’s two things: You’re getting off first, or I’m going to die.”
Anybody can cultivate this discipline.
It’s the single most effective strategy to outperform the toughest competitors you’ll ever face.
You just need to be consistent.
One of the hardest truths I had to learn was that consistency will make you feel like a loser. All that hard work, trying, failing, and trying again — it’s easy to think you’re getting nowhere while everyone else is flying by.
Consider this: if I told you that you needed to write 41 articles before one of them went viral, would you write that many?
How about that you needed to go to the gym 41 times before you noticed any weight loss? Or 41 ask’s before you got your first client?
Most people wouldn’t do the work.
Talented, attractive, lucky people are everywhere. Everywhere. They’re all over my feed, peppered all throughout my community and friend groups. They’re freaking amazing at this one thing.
But rarely is any one of them a consistent person.
That is why eventually, they will fail.
And that is why you will succeed.
Consistent people are extremely rare. If you can learn to cultivate consistency in your work, you’ll eventually beat any talent, luck, skill, and even quality — just by being consistent.
Consistency will make you feel like a loser. All the time you’ll spend working, trying, failing, trying again, failing again, trying again and failing again will make you think you’re a loser.
You’ll feel like a nobody who sucks and isn’t good for anything and should just quit because you’ll never be good enough.
At least, that’s how I feel.
The Most Important Lesson I Learned After Reading the Top 7 Finance Books
After reading the 7 most popular finance books in the world, I learned a lot about money, wealth, and opportunities.
But the most important lesson I learned was this: anybody can be incredibly wealthy, because wealth is a mindset.
Building massive wealth rarely happens unless you have a firm belief that you can do it.
This is the entire premise of books like Think and Grow Rich and The Science of Getting Rich. Building massive wealth and opportunities for growth start from the mindset that you can succeed in doing so; if you do not believe you can, you almost certainly won’t.
Of course, simply believing you’ll be rich and successful won’t make it so. But it’s nearly impossible to build massive wealth without believing you can.
Said author James Allen, “As a man thinks, so he is.” Bruce Lee echoed this sentiment: “What you habitually think largely determines what you ultimately become. One will never get any more than he thinks he can get.”
When building wealth, you are likely to receive what you believe you will.
“No one is ready for a thing, until he believes he can acquire it. The state of mind must be BELIEF, not mere hope or wish.” -Napoleon Hill
Great news — an inner belief that you will build massive wealth is something anyone can cultivate.
Developing this identity (“I am rich”, “I am successful”) might be extremely difficult for individuals who grew up with “scarcity” mindsets in literal poverty.
But developing an “abundance” mindset that firmly believes you will succeed no matter what is a prerequisite for building massive wealth in nearly every case.
One of the main differences between rich and poor/middle class people is their perspective on wealth. Of course, there are other factors — in her autobiography, Michelle Obama described how difficult it was for black people living in south Chicago in the 1970’s to become wealthy and successful. After living in oppression and injustice for so long, it became very easy to think there was no hope.
But the rich see massive wealth as inevitable. In their mind, success is assured.
Most people don’t truly believe they’ll ever build massive wealth. With that attitude, they probably won’t.
Building massive wealth starts with your mindset. If you believe you can get rich, you’re far more likely to succeed than someone who doesn’t really believe it.
This Is the Greatest Determining Factor of Your Success
I’m not especially talented. There are far better, “luckier” writers out there than me. They also have better college degrees, better connections, better ideas, and probably sexier abs than I do.
But where other writers beat me in talent, I rely on the only big guns I have: my obsessive commitment to taking action, every single day.
See, what I’ve learned is this: consistency beats talent. Consistency beats good intentions. Consistency beats luck. And you want to know the real secret I’ve learned?
That’s right. I regularly and consistently outperform others whose work is of much higher quality than mine.
How? Simple: I’m more consistent than they are. Where they garner attention from great product here and there, or get lucky from time to time, I consistently get great engagement from my constant action.
Consistent, disciplined action is the greatest determining factor to your success. That’s great news for you and me — it means that our lack of talent or “luck” can be overcome by the simple act of just doing it, every day.
In his autobiography, Steve Martin (one of the most famous and successful stand-up comedians in history) described his humble beginnings in comedy — a nonsensical magic/comedy act he gave for small families and foot traffic while working at a dusty, second-class amusement park.
“I was not naturally talented,” he wrote, “though working around that minor detail made me inventive.” He spent a decade learning his craft, practicing his routine literally thousands of times, up to 4 times a day at the amusement park for years.
“I kept scrupulous records of how each gag played after my local shows. ‘Excellent!’ or ‘Big Laugh’ or ‘Quiet,’ I would write down; then I would summarize how I could make the show better next time.” he wrote.
After years of practicing, tweaking, re-doing, and practicing, he finally began to make enormous strides very quickly. In a few short years, he became the most dominant and well-known comedian in the world.
“Perseverance is a great substitute for talent,” Martin wrote.
Consistency and discipline are the greatest determining factors of your success.
How consistent and disciplined you are is up to you.
“Success is not something that happens to you; it’s something that happens because of you and because of the actions you take.” -Grant Cardone
Don’t worry about luck. It’ll come to you when you put your head down and work.
When you work a lot, for a long time, despite failing over and over, you’ll start to notice something funny about “successful” people: at the end of the day, they’re just the ones that worked the hardest.
It’s not about luck. It’s not about hitting the jackpot. You get what you want by putting in the work, every single day. The truth is, it’s easier to make excuses than make progress.
That’s why you need to be the one person who decided to work when everyone else was comparing themselves to someone else.
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