Luck Vs Hard Work
"I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it." Therefore …
“The harder I work, the luckier I get”
- Thomas Jefferson
As we approach and observe St. Patrick’s Day it’s only fitting that I want to discuss “luck.” I truly believe that I am a very lucky individual and that in life we can either believe “things happen to us or for us.”
Recently I had the privilege of enjoying the spring weather while relaxing on a patio with Rick Ruby, one of my coaches and the founder of The CORE Training. In our conversations, we discussed the difference between “luck” and “hard work” in relation to what in my life I treat as mandatory or optional.
While we discussed this I noticed a trend - everything that I consider mandatory in my life, I was successful at. We also discovered that everything that was an option in my life I wasn’t successful at. For me, real estate activities are mandatory. I don’t need an alarm clock to get up at 5:00 am to go into the office. Selling homes, being at the office, showing up big every day and giving 110% to my profession have always been mandatory in my life. However, even the simplest, weakest, and minor reason to miss a workout would cause me to be a no show at the gym. Working out has been optional in my life. So, in real estate people see me as lucky. Don’t get me wrong, luck can play a role with uncertain events in life. Sometimes they’ll benefit you and sometimes they’ll work against you.
Having said that, hard work can overcome a lot of bad luck and it attracts good luck. It also amplifies the effect of any good luck that comes your way. I can control the hours and how hard/often I work. I can control what I focus on. One example being I can spend my free time reading or I can spend that same time in a bar. I choose reading, especially books of personal development and real estate matters. In doing so, I become “lucky” in those matters as my reading is compounded over hours, days, weeks, and months. My choices overcome a lot of bad luck verses whatever good luck, if any, comes from inside a bar. Therefore, I don’t spend much time in those establishments. I have nothing against bars or drinking for that matter, but I do know “bad situations” rarely come from reading a book.
Luck isn't something you can control. You can control hard work and therefore it will improve your chances. So focus your efforts on working hard and don't worry too much about the rest.
PS: As it relates to real estate, luck has nothing to do with selling homes. An experienced, hardworking, and knowledgeable professional like myself makes all the difference.