It was Monday and I was sitting in class in my last elective of undergrad listening and of course participating in lecture. My professor was flipping through slides and doing her best to relay important information while trying to keep us entertained with her good humored jokes. The class was Marketing for Entrepreneurs and all semester we had been reading the book “Traction” (great read by the way) and exploring various traction channels to pursue when launching a business. As we went through the slides and I was typing up my notes we came across a slide that struck a nerve in me. The slide read:
“Entrepreneurs: Taught or Born that Way? Luck or Skill?”
The question posed by the professor was “what is more important, skill or luck?” I listened as the majority of the class agreed that luck is king and my professor even shared a “lucky” story of hers about running into a professional she admired who ended up an aid in launching her business. I was taken aback by this and it truly opened my eyes to something; We do not give ourselves enough credit for our accomplishments. I am a firm believer in the law of attraction. If you work hard enough, if you take strides towards your goals every day, if you remind yourself of your aspirations every day, you are putting that energy into the universe and it is bound that you will achieve what you are striving towards. Being prepared for an opportunity when it presents itself is key. If you lose focus of your goals and aren’t up to date with your research of the subject, you may not see a clear opportunity that is right in front of your eyes. I believe that luck is simply probability taken personally.
An issue most people run into is that life happens and sometimes it is easy to get off path. The greatest tool to aid you in achieving your goals and staying on track is a vision board. A vision board is a board you display in your bedroom or your office that is a daily reminder of your dreams and aspirations. Use visual aid, quotes, or personal reminders on your vision board of things you hope to one day achieve or obtain. Put that dream car you’ve always wanted and the logo for that company you have always wanted to work for. You can put your dream house, your dream spouse, whatever it is you most long for. After you have created and displayed your vision board, you MUST look at it EVERY SINGLE DAY. By doing so, you will never lose sight of what it is you are working so hard towards. After a while of using your vision board, you will subconsciously start making the right decisions towards turning these dreams into realities without even realizing it.
Before you know it, your moment will arrive where you finally (in my professor’s case) run into that person you have been dying to meet or get that job you have worked for your whole adult life and it may be hard to grasp. “How lucky am I?” You might even ask/exclaim.
After working so hard and putting countless hours of thought into something, when it actually happens you MUST give yourself credit. Some attribute it all to a higher power, others say it’s luck. It’s YOU. All YOU. So the next time you have a gratifying moment where something great happens to you, take a moment and reflect and take pride in what you have accomplished. You deserve it.