Diligence is the mother of good luck. ~ Unknown
Remember that time something great happened to you completely unexpectedly? Maybe it was a cute meet, that moment when someone attractive happened to catch your eye and life went click. Or maybe it was that completely unexpected piece of business that made you a lot of money. Wouldn't it be great if life were always that fluky?
I have good news and bad news for you.
GOOD NEWS: Most likely your life if much more serendipitous than you realize.
BAD NEWS: The more serendipitous your life is the less likely it is that wonderful, unexpected things like this will happen to you.
The less consciously you are pursuing the things you want in life the more your life is filled with spontaneity. Of course that does not mean that great things are happening to you all the time, only that whatever does happen, good or bad, is by chance. Like playing the lottery, the odds are long that you will get a life-changing payoff.
Recently I was chatting with a friend who told me the biggest client he landed in the last two years came out of nowhere. He had not prospected to get her business and had never spoken to her before she called him to say she wanted to work with him. Amazing right?
Here is the rub. Over that two-year period my friend cold called 150 to 200 people per week. That is between 15,000 and 21,000 people! Think about how many NOs! he heard. If he had not faced all that rejection he would never have been well known enough to inspire this great client to call him. This is how life works:
The more you intentionally pursue success the more wonderfully serendipitous things will happen.
This is part of the risk-reward nature of life.
In The Richest Man in Babylon, Arkad says, "Men of action are favored by the Goddess of Good Luck." What does she find so alluring? Someone who knows what he wants and is working hard to get it.
So decide what you want, start working hard for it, and create a luckier life.
Question – What great thing happened to you seemingly out of the blue that was actually the result of hard work?
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