There is a recipe for creating “good luck.”

“Care and diligence bring luck.”

Thomas Fuller

Exactly what is “luck?” There were two definitions which really stood out to me as I thought through the meaning of this quote.

Luck“good fortune; advantage or success, considered as the result of chance. Is it chance when one has done the hard work and is prepared when some new opportunity presents itself?

Luckthe force that seems to operate for good or ill in a person’s life, as in shaping circumstances, events, or opportunities. Is it luck when hard work, dedication and commitment causes a person to seemingly be in the right place at the right time?

There is an old saying that “luck favors the bold.” I think this applies especially well when paired with today’s quote. When you do the work, and pay attention to the details, and truly care, then “luck” happens as if by magic. If you don’t care and you aren’t diligent, then you’ll never even know you missed out an opportunity. That’s not bad luck, and it certainly isn’t bold. For me this is living a life without meaning…

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Don’t wait for luck…

“Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.”

Ray Kroc

Hard work is an investment with returns both in the near-term as well as the long-term.  Near-term one can see the fruits of their labors and enjoy the satisfaction that comes from a job well done.  But over  the long-term hard work is enabling future opportunities.  Are those opportunities or chances guaranteed to come about?  Of course not.  But one thing is certain.  Future dreams and aspirations are guaranteed NOT to happen if you don’t do the hard work today and every day.  Waiting to get lucky is a path paved in disappointment and regret.  Do the hard work, it is an investment in future opportunities.  

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