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What has luck got to do with it?

“I’m a great believer in luck. I’ve found that the harder I work, the more I have of it.”  Thomas Jefferson.
When someone tells you about something good and out of the ordinary that has happened to them do you tend to automatically think that they are lucky?
 I really hate that word! Luck, or the exclamation  “oooh, you are so lucky!”
 Instead of thinking they are lucky you should be thinking/ asking the following:
What did you do to make that happen?
What plans did you put into place?
 How long did it take?
What did you give up?
 In the majority of cases some or even all of the above will apply to a situation or circumstance where someone appears to be lucky.
It is true that occasionally people have really lucky breaks, right time, right place, right person but again, even then the person involved is likely to have done something to bring it about.
If they have a talent or skill that is suddenly in demand then behind the scenes they have been working on that skill, honing, practicing, preparing for this “lucky break” you know, the lucky break that comes about as a result of all their hard work, in making themselves ready for it!  Ready to take it when it happens.
One thing that always comes to mind for me is emigrating to Australia, leaving all of our family and friends in the Uk and the number of people who said that we were lucky!
The reality is that emigrating with small children, leaving everything and everyone you know is VERY SCAREY, no, not even just that VERY SCAREY INDEED and there was no luck in it.
It took courage! A whole year of planning, hours and hours preparing applications, medicals, forms, piles and piles of them, I can still them all now!
Then a house to pack up, many many heart wrenching tearful goodbyes and a 12000 miles move.
Wow! And then a whole new life to get to grips with.
Scarey stuff that personally I fail to see the luck in.
Was it a good move? Yes, it was a great move but, turning it into that was a long stressful, lonely road.
That road was paved with intuition, stepping way outside our comfort zone, enduring some very hard times, along the way we also lost a lot of money on mistakes we made it was not all plain sailing.
Next time someone looks lucky, think about it, are they really lucky or did they do something to make this happen

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