What a powerful quote from Seneca, greek stoic philosopher.
"The force that causes things, especially good things, to happen to you by chance and not as a result of your own efforts or abilities" This is the definition of 'luck' according to the Cambridge dictionary.
I believe luck is something we provoke. Luck or chance can be something out of their control for certain people. For others, it is the results of labour, of practice.
Luck is what people call 'talent' in terms of skills.
It is an innate aptitude, a predisposition, the result of genetic.
Some people will start with a slight advantage, they are maybe taller, which may help if they practice basketball or if you are swimming.
However, relying on talent or luck without additional work and effort can only lead you up to a certain point.
Someone without aptitude or talent but with a growth mindset will go further:
>> Read my previous article about: "Growth mindset VS fixed mindset"
"The more you care, the more you prepare"
If something is really valuable and meaningful for us we will make it a priority, we will create time for it.
When we are committed to long-term goals, consistency is key. It is the only red line we can follow to get where we want to be.
It is better to show up every day and practice our skill for 10 minutes rather than practising it once a week for one hour.
Consistency creates self-discipline, it creates order.
Consistency is the key to improvement.
The same idea said differently by Anthony Robbins, author, entrepreneur, speaker.
"People are rewarded in public for years of practice in private" - Tony Robbins
Luck and talent are overrated in my opinion.
We use them as an excuse not to start and not to do the work.
Most of the time the main work is to "show up", whether you want to go learn an instrument, a language, a skill, you have to create and find the time for deliberate practice.
They are coming and going, sometimes they are right in front of us but we are not yet ready to grab them.
This is why it is so important to prepare ourselves constantly, we should always be ready because the opportunity might appear and if we are not ready we will feel frustrated because we did not prepare.
So get prepared, be prepared, stay prepared.
"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity" - Seneca
If you want to provoke your luck, start your practice of yoga, taekwondo.
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