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.