“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,” a Babylonian Proverb
For one can have good luck only to lose it all foolishly and then try to blame others when really it’s our greed that drives us to be reckless when fortune favours our shores. Honest and hard work teachers us to appreciate our labour and our reward reminds us to be wise with what we earn. Remember let hard work be your friend. Do not complain about your reward or how hard the work may be. Try to make the hard labour work for you as Thomas Jefferson said, “I find that the harder I work the more luck I seem to have.”
And, we all know that luck can come in different flavours of good and bad. Some people say you make your own luck. “The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself,” by Douglas Macarthur. I would agree with this statement because being active can bring luck.
What is luck? Some people believe that luck is nothing more than pure superstition with events happening outside their control. Based on an accident or chance event, luck can be seen to be a faith in a superstition, an unseen force. It is similar in reasoning to the post hoc fallacy - after this therefore because of this fallacy, which is based upon the mistaken notion that simply because one thing happens after another, the first event was a cause of the second event.
Some people are lucky in love and some in money often dependent on the amount of effort they choose to exert. I believe it’s a combination of hard work and being alert to positive opportunities. I think it’s what we observe about other people’s lives that make us assume they are lucky or not. Not that they have more luck than us. It might be that you hear about a big lottery win someone had and immediately think how lucky they are. We all think like this yet we don’t know what misfortune they might have now or in the future.
So luck is just a word we use to describe an observation we make about how fortuitous someone has been. Luck is often associated with money but money is just an amphoral object, not to be coveted like we should for love. I do not know if I am lucky or not, I have not won the lottery but then again I have not been hit by a bus. I am writing a book not trying to tempt fate, so please disregard the previous sentence to the unseen force we call God.
Sometimes we all suffer bad luck of one form or another but it takes a strong person to keep going. “All of us have bad luck and good luck. The man who persists through the bad luck -- who keeps right on going -- is the man who is there when the good luck comes -- and is ready to receive it,” by Robert Collier the prolific self-help author.
For many of us we look towards the lottery to change our lives. Every week we pick our numbers and for a few hours we dream how we would spend the money. We hope that one day lady luck will strike and that lottery ticket will be our passport to a new life. We are all searching for a good life in the American Dream that is sold to us constantly through the media, which will somehow make everything better. We look for a prosperous and happier existence by finding that perfect job. Yet for most of us, the disillusioned masses, the prospect of a lottery win or the perfect job is just a dream. “A great fortune depends on luck, a small one on diligence,” a Chinese Proverb.
That lottery win yes it sometimes happens. However, for most of the time life is a constant struggle. We wish for that lottery win or that dream job to happen, so that it will change our lives for something we cannot have at the moment. Many of us are sucked into this pipe dream without understanding really what it is we really want – we have not spent the time defining what we really want from life. Our pipe dreams are a way of thinking without realising our real potential as individuals.
There have been many wise words written by important people who had wisdom to see the truth about how we should conduct our lives and therefore live a happier life. It would do well to ponder on what they left us and to search our minds to understand what they try to teach us – their legacy is knowledge we should grasp with open arms.
Have you heard about The Richest Man in Babylon, by George S. Clason first published in 1926, it’s a story that maybe you should read? When I first read this story I was just a young boy but it still fascinates me. Read the review of the book here that I have written, otherwise you may possibly miss the most important point in the book.
P.S. It's easy to overlook your opportunities.
In my latest book “It’s Never Too Late” read how dreams do come true, but be careful what you wish for. Understand the secret of greed and you will attain one of the secrets of prosperity. The book will also take you on a journey and explores love, money, luck, and much more.
Hey, Chuck. Did you bring any spending money? Viva la vida loca.
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