“Inspiration is one thing and you can’t control it, but hard work is what keeps the ship moving. Good luck means, work hard. Keep up the good work.” – Kevin Eubanks
In rounding our four-part series inspired by second chapter of “The Magic of Thinking Big” by Dr. David Schwartz, let’s address the remaining excuse that may be standing in your way of beginning something new, or taking something old to new heights: the luck excuse.
To paraphrase the author, the things often attributed to that amorphous glob of fortune, are stemming purely from the unbreakable law of cause and effect. “What we call an accident is the result of human or mechanical failure, or a combination of both,” he writes. In other words, the is a concrete cause for everything in life. I would like to add to this that because life is a complex interplay of many influences and layers embedded within one another, the causes can be harder to pinpoint. But if we really pay attention and deconstruct the situation, the cause is usually there, and often pointing at something within us.
This piece begs me to segue off to another, similar point not mentioned in this book – the Mozart Myth. Another author, John D. Cook, writes that what the public has perceived as sheer genius in the wonder child, spinning his musical legacy into a myth, was actually a result of grueling training since age of three. Son of the best music instructor of the day, Johannes’ fingers were deformed by the time he was a teen due to thousands of hours of practice. Cook’s point is that it was not Mozart’s prodigy that made him great but his discipline and hard work. Back to the luck excuse…
A common example of the excuse rearing its head, according to Schwartz, happens at work during times of promotion. The person getting promoted is sometimes looked at the one possessing the lucky streak, when in reality they worked much harder (or smarter) than anyone else to get there. I’m sure many could disagree with this example, but the point is that in general, we can’t and won’t get anywhere unless we know what we want, put a plan in place and roll up our sleeves.
From my own observation and experience, it’s sometimes very hard to muster the necessary energy and enthusiasm to really ace it at work or some other area. The reason for it goes much deeper. The misalignment between one’s true interests and dormant talents versus the line of work a person gets sucked into, is a cause for much suffering in our modern society. The way our system seems to work is that a mentality of scarcity and fear is driving people to succumb to a life that promises security, while in fact it is robbing people of their creative potential.
What kind of security is it to squander our greatest gifts for the price of “getting by” month by month? And if majority of us never get to express through their action the message they came here to share, what will become of this world? It doesn’t take much to see. Take a look around.
Final points on the subject, the author shares two ways, in which we can cure the luck excusitis, and I agree with each one wholeheartedly:
- “Accept the law of cause and effect,” and the fact that what we deem as luck is indeed a fake, glamorous veneer of sweat inducing “preparation, planning and success-producing thinking.” The thinking especially, IMO is crucial to work on, if we expect to get any good results and soon. Feeding our bran positive, encouraging messages on a constant basis: breakfast, lunch and dinner + snacks in between, will prepare a foundation for favorable alignment. But that is a long topic I hope to expand more upon soon.
- “Don’t be a wishful thinker.” Believing that you will get something for nothing is a total waste of your time. People are far too busy working on their own things to recognize and reward you for something you haven’t even done. You’d be much better off, and this is my own suggestion, to take a week off work, go to a remote cabin or motel somewhere where no one can reach you, turn off your electronics and dig in. Meditate, walk in nature, journal, enjoy a glass of wine and keep asking: who am I? And why am I here? You might be surprised the treasures you will discover and how that single week might just be the catalyst for your ship to begin to turn.
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