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I Am a Great Believer in Luck, and I Find the Harder I Work, the More I Have of It - Thomas Jefferson

I Am a Great Believer in Luck, and I Find the Harder I Work, the More I Have of It – Thomas Jefferson

For every story of success that details a person’s diligent steps toward accomplishing his/her goal, there seem to be five more that chronicle a chance encounter or “big break.” Collectively, people sigh and wonder why they can’t be so lucky.

However, upon closer examination, those very narratives that seem bred from luck are almost always much more. It might be chance, for example, that finds you standing next to the CEO of your dream employer in line at the grocery store. But it is only through your ability to take advantage of that encounter through starting a conversation or effectively presenting your strengths that “luck” might turn into opportunity.

When we attribute success–as well as failure–to only external factors, we lose the control we have over our own destiny. We take the power to change, grow, learn and accomplish out of our hands and put it into wishing, hoping, and waiting. Every one of us has the capability to be prepared, focused, and industrious in working toward our goals. We all have the power to, as they say, make our own luck.

Studies have shown that even lottery winners, who you might argue are true paragons of luck, eventually go back to the same level of happiness they were before winning. In the end, we own our fate and that ownership can be inspiration for following your dreams. If you have been waiting for your “big break,” trust that much of what constitutes success comes from within. You only have to look.

 

I Am a Great Believer in Luck, and I Find the Harder I Work, the More I Have of It – Thomas Jefferson
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About Caryn Berardi

Caryn is an educator, counselor, wife and mother. The constant in all of her roles is the opportunity to encourage, challenge and motivate others to grow personally and professionally (though her toddler twin boys don’t always listen that well!). She is excited to reconnect with her love of writing through her blog www.journeytonapa.com

15 comments

  1. “When we attribute success–as well as failure–to only external factors, we lose the control we have over our own destiny. We take the power to change, grow, learn and accomplish out of our hands and put it into wishing, hoping, and waiting. Every one of us has the capability to be prepared, focused, and industrious in working toward our goals. We all have the power to, as they say, make our own luck.”

    So true! Good piece, Caryn!

  2. Thank you Graham! I appreciate you reading and commenting!

  3. Excellent post! Thanks for sharing! Quite often I hear “you are so lucky” and it makes me want to laugh, just because luck has nothing to do with it! We make our own luck!

  4. I couldn’t agree more Lynette! My college students lament all the time how “unlucky” they are and I ask them “Well, how are you going to change that?” Thank you for reading and commenting.

  5. As a teacher so many of my students believe in luck…this quote really hits home on so many levels.

    “Every one of us has the capability to be prepared, focused, and industrious in working toward our goals. We all have the power to, as they say, make our own luck.”

    thanks for reminding everyone we make our own circumstances.

    always,
    jae
    xo

  6. It was students who also inspired me to look for quotes to dispel their myths about luck — I’m glad mine aren’t the only ones! Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

  7. Action, eventually = luck. Good post as always!

  8. I think that ownership over one’s own feelings is essentially the true key to “happiness.” Although, what might one attribute to the concept of happiness; because really, it’s all in the eye or the mind of the beholder now isn’t it? Great pos!

  9. Hi Rachel Ann, yes I completely agree that much (if not all) of what constitutes success and happiness is very subjective and personal. What fulfills one person most definitely not be the same for the next. It’s about finding what is important and valuable to you and — as you said — taking ownership over one’s feelings. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

  10. That quote is so true–and so funny! Thomas Jefferson must have been a delightfully practical man!

  11. Very interesting quote. Never really thought about it like that. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. Hi solosocial – I agree, i think this quote definitely shows a little wit and sass on Thomas Jefferson’s part!
    Simplycomplex – Thank you for reading and commenting. I’m glad the quote was able to make you think.

  13. You are so very right. We make our own destiny, and we need to be able to see how powerful we are in making that journey.
    great piece. thanks

  14. Things like luck and misfortune are primarily determined by your mindset and the language choice used in your thoughts. Pay more attention to your thoughts with the new emphasis on their effect on reality.

    Put your 100% into your effort, what happens will happen!

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