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If a man be lucky, there is no foretelling the possible extent of his good fortune. Pitch him into the Euphrates and like as not he will swim out with a pearl in his hand. ∞ Babylonian Proverb
Wouldn’t it be great to win the lottery? Think about it. You get a pile of money without doing any work. It’s just unadulterated good luck. You’re set for the rest of your life. All right, so 70% of people who win the lottery spend or lose the money within five years. You have to admit. You’d love to be that lucky.
You Choose to Get Lucky
Where you want to get lucky makes a big difference. If you choose the lottery, you’re working long odds. Your chances of winning range from 1:13 million to 1:292 million. With blackjack and craps, which have the best odds in Las Vegas, you’re destined to loose in the end. Some professional gamblers can beat the house. But if they win consistently the casinos throws them out.
Rather, look for a venue where knowledge and hard work give you an edge over the other players. While investing has risks, you can mitigate many of them. Many people call playing the stock market gambling. Done intelligently you can make a solid return on your investment. Real estate provides ample opportunity to hedge your risk and take advantage of luck.
The best place to get lucky is in business. Develop a career in sales or another area where your salary is based on performance. All you risk is your time. Entrepreneurship presents you with the chance to invest time and a little money. The payout can be significant.
The first step to getting lucky is choosing the game with the best odds for success.
Enticing the Goddess of Good Luck
In his classic book, The Richest Man in Babylon, George Clason’s eponymous character identifies three ways to get lucky:
- Be alert for opportunities. Take Them. How many times in the past have you kicked yourself for not taking advantage of good fortune? Were you offered a great job that required you to stretch your abilities? Did you have the chance to learn lucrative new skills but didn’t commit the resources? You won’t get lucky passing them up.
- Share your good fortune. Have you had the chance to make a great investment but didn’t have enough money? A profitable piece is better than nothing.
- Stay in the Game. No matter what your situation is today, you can make it better without money. Talk to people. Find out how you can help them. Then do so. Let them know what kind of opportunities you’re seeking. Be specific. When you’re out there every day, good luck will find you.
Lady luck seems to be a fickle, serendipitous fairy that flits from flower to flower at random. Successful people know you create good fortune through intentionally creating favorable circumstances. Forget gambling. Choose one of life’s real games with the best odds. Play it consistently. You’ll get lucky.
When have you gotten lucky? Please comment below.