The Myth of Good and Bad Luck
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas A. Edison
The Myth of Good Luck
We get extremely lucky when we put in focused work and seize the opportunity. You get “lucky” when you look like a greek goddess because you take care of yourself, sleep well, eat right and move a lot.
We get wealthy when we abandon the beaten path which never made anyone rich. We become wealthy when we take responsibility for our financial future and when we become entrepreneurs.
Does good luck even exist? Or is it just a euphemism for perseverance, focus, and resilience?
Good luck sells better than perseverance, focus, resilience, and hustle. It is easier to hang a horseshoe the right side up above the door and keep your fingers crossed to ensure you’ll get everything you want without discipline and change.
Remember Edison’s observation about opportunity “dressed in overalls that ” looks like work” .
My point precisely: when we embrace opportunity, we get lucky. We must become discipline and put in work.
Have you been late for a meeting, train, flight, appointment? What was the reason for this incident? Traffic, alarm clock, other commitments?
Nope. It was your choice. You chose to leave late and got stuck in traffic. You chose to plan poorly and overslept to miss your flight. You missed an appointment because you overextended yourself and overbooked the schedule causing a time conflict.
You have made poor choices and were “cursed” by bad luck. Every time you surrender responsibility to a higher power or another party, you bring about bad luck.
The truth is bad luck does not exist. Neither does good luck.
When you get lucky, you live intuitively and put in focused work and persevere until you achieve your goal.
Why Does Bad Luck Strike?
Bad things keep happening to you, don’t they?…
What’s wrong with that? Bad karma? Bad luck? Fate?
None of them.
Bad Luck strikes when you make the wrong choice.
You chose to buy a new car on credit and have no cash flowing assets to cover the purchase.
You ended up in debt. Furthermore, six months later your purchase had lost 30% of its value. In turn, your loan grew higher due to the compounding interest.
Debt has nothing with bad luck and everything to do with poor choices.
You work hard (mostly in front of the computer). You cell phones is always on and you are accessible to those who care to call or text.
You eat nutritionally devoid processed garbage. You sacrifice restorative sleep to make time for other things such as friends and family. Four hours a night should do it, I can always ramp up my energy with coffee and sugar, you convince yourself.
You spend no time in nature. You do not have time to go for a relaxing walk or reflect about things you have been doing to come to senses.
One day bad luck strikes you…. You wake up with an excruciating pain shooting through your spine and legs. You are unable to sit down, move freely, or drive.
You are bewildered as to why such a horrible thing happened to you. All you can do is to stop doing everything, lie on the floor and feel sorry for yourself…
Well, there is a law that I will discuss below. It not luck, karma, or fate. The law will help you understand how you got where you are in a given moment and forces you to evaluate everything you have been doing up until now. The law is a mirror that reflects every action you have taken to the point and shows you an aggregated image of consequences you must endure or enjoy. The principle is known as
The Law of Cause and Effect
Bad things always happen when you relinquish control of your life by not taking responsibility for your actions.
There is no karma, bad luck, or fate. Cause and effect rule the world instead.
Karma, fate, bad luck are euphemisms for the inability to be responsible for your choices.
You went out for a drink with a friend when you had a project deadline for an important client the next day. The problem with alcohol is that you let yourself loose and feel good under its influence.
You seemed to fall asleep soundlessly. But not so fast. When 2 am rolled around you were wide awake. Furthermore, there was nothing you could do to fall asleep until the morning when the alarm yanked you out of bed. You needed to sleep and to feel fresh for the presentation with the client but you could not get good night sleep because you wanted to feel good in a spur of a moment and drank a bottle of wine at dinner.
As a result of such an oversight, you underperformed and lost the respect of the client.
You chose alcohol at dinner- the cause, you underperformed on an important project – the effect. Plain and simple, the cause and effect law never fails.
I understand the law and use it to my advantage. Alcohol is a poison in a short run and a long run. That is why I choose to never consume alcohol under any circumstances including peer pressure.
How Do I Make My Own Luck
I learned the law of cause and effect the hard way. The person with shooting spine pain in Why Does Bad Luck Strike? was me. At that moment I decided to take responsibility for my actions and to go back to making my own luck.
I was forced to analyze the consequences of my actions that temporarily disabled me. As a very flexible and agile person, I had to face the drastic contrast of being in pain limited in my movement.
I called a doctor and asked for something that would get rid of the pain instantly.
Doctor’s words brought me back to my senses and stuck with me forever, Everyone wants a quick fix. Do you think that you can fix a problem you worked for months to bring about?
I took his comment to heart and changed everything I had done before the event. I went on to discovering of the power of living according to nature’s wise design.
I became more productive by waking up with the sun and going to bed when the sun set. I maximized the nutrient density and nutrient bioavailability of my meals and got back the flexibility of my body.
I learned to say No to things that do not matter and that waste my time.
I turn off the phone to get work done. I no longer work hard to get things done. Instead, I work with laser sharp focus and achieve superior results spending 80% time less I spent before. I now work smart, not hard.
I no longer consume caffeine. I sleep well and wake up refreshed without an alarm.
I have a lot of time to sunbathe, go to the beach, and to travel.
I have deeper relationships with family, friends, and people. I have more meaningful conversations and inspire people to love themselves and to embrace responsibility for their own luck.
I also took the time to figure out what true freedom really means. In order to be free, you must become yourself. It is easier said than done but the steps to understanding yourself are very simple:
- You must become centered through lifestyle and diet;
- Use rule #1 to start living intuitively and paying attention to opportunity,
Financial freedom depends on earning more than you spend and saving to a very little extent. Financial freedom stems from self-reliance and a mindset that forces you to concentrate on self improvement. The first and only thing you need to invest to become financially free is yourself. Build a business, take care of your mind and body, and always remember who you are to stay centered.
Neither good nor bad luck exists….
You make your own luck by way of the law of cause and effect. The law works regardless of your awareness of it. However, you do need to understand how your actions lead to consequences to use the law to your advantage.
I was listening to someone who was recovering from conjunctivitis, also known as the pink eye. He was telling me that it was a shame that he had to discontinue wearing his contact lenses and resort to glasses. He hated his prescription glasses and loved contact lenses that disguised his problem.
He kept complaining that the eye infection bothered him terribly and he had to endure.
I listened until he finished his rant and expressed my sympathy about his suffering.
I pointed out that I had never had to use contact lenses. I understood that it must have felt unnatural to wear them for the first time. However, I had not experienced what he was going through.
The man stopped and asked whether I’d had to wear prescription glasses.
I have perfect eyesight. i never had to do it.
Then he said that I was lucky.
I paused bewildered because my mother and grandfather damaged their eye sights and had to wear glasses. If he was alluding that I was born into genetic luck, that was not the case. However, I did not correct them.
Instead, I told him that he could get as lucky as I was. Furthermore, in our previous conversations he brought up his doctor’s advice about wearing sunglasses while driving in the direction of the sun.
In turn, I compared staring at the computer screen without brightness adaptors and eye protection to staring directly into the noon blazing sun without sunglasses. He stared at me puzzled.
I made the point that all ailments have cures including his eyesight. I told him about the environment and his lifestyle choices. But he was not ready to accept the law of cause and effect:
He shrugged relieved and explained to me that he could do nothing about his environment. Hell, yes, you can. Our ancestors healed their eye sights with sun gazing at sunrise and sunset and deep nutrition (a New York style bagel three times a day does not provide the latter).
I retreated. I never argue with people who refuse to face the truth.
It was my confirmation that the law of cause and effect does not need one’s awareness to continue to produce consequences based on our action or inaction.
I choose to embrace this law because I am the only one responsible for my own luck.
So put the horse shoe back where it gets better use, my friends, and take responsibility for what you do with your life, wealth, health, and relationships. You will always be unbelievably lucky.