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Luck Has Jack To Do With Success

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I heard someone I know the other day say “cross your fingers for me.”

Those who know me know that I wouldn’t do that if it were the last thing I could do on Earth. Luck is a figment of the imagination. You don’t get lucky; you create your own luck.

What makes you lucky is four simple practices:

A) You practice being happy
B) You put in the work
C) You play the long game
D) You serve others

That’s kind of it. I know you were expecting some big 5000-word explanation but that’s not how I roll.
The best advice is simple, to the point, inspiring and honest.

These four things have made me lucky over the last few years. People think I must have married a girl with the last name “lucky.” The truth is I’m single for now, so that’s also a myth.

When I reminisced on all that I’ve achieved, I realized that I wasn’t lucky. What I really was, was action orientated. I found the tools and then I made bold decisions. Decisions such as:

A) No more drama
B) Think the best of every situation
C) When time’s get tough, find someone who’s in a worse position
D) Focus on moving forward. Look through the windscreen, not the rear vision mirror.

You’ve seen these four decisions many times I’m sure. Have you religiously practiced them every hour, of every day? I doubt it. That’s the difference between those who seem lucky and those that seem to be unlucky. You have to decide to be lucky. You have to make the decisions that form so-called “luck.”

The myth

I feel like the concept of investing is an excellent way to think about luck.

Investing is the result of doing the same thing over and over, playing the long game and diversifying your risk. Basically, investing is about being consciously smart. So is luck.

You become successful by:

Playing the long game

Luck is stupid because people think it happens in the blink of a moment. Success happens over the long haul. I think it’s at least five years, but insert what ever number you like. My point is that success happens beyond 30 days.

If you don’t think you have created your own luck, then it’s because you haven’t waited long enough. You have to be able to go the distance

Crossing your fingers and hoping for a miracle is like expecting someone to touch your forehead and make you a millionaire. I saw this in a church once by the way, so I’m not making this stuff up.

Doing it over and over

We’ve read a million blog posts about habits and I know for a fact that people love hearing about habits. Too bad people don’t practice them the way they worship the advice. Investing works when you put money into an asset that generates a return over and over.

Success is sort of the same. You must put in energy, effort and belief into your goals every day before you can become what others call “lucky.” It’s boring as hell but it works. It’s the monotonous tasks that create success in the long term.

Diversifying your risk

Luck happens when you spread your risk. I like to have three things or less that I focus on so that if one stuffs up, then the other one can take the lead. You wouldn’t put all of your money into Bitcoin now, would you? You might put a small percentage in though to diversify your risk.

What’s holding you back from appearing lucky?

This is a pretty straightforward question to answer and you’re not going to like it. What’s holding you back is you. More specifically, the “YOU” I’m referring to is your mind which controls every decision you make.

“The way you change your mind is to ask better questions”

Questions are what makes you lucky. With a new question, you can create an entirely different life experience. A question that has made me appear lucky is:

How can I inspire people daily with my dream?

This recurring thought has made me lucky because now I want to serve others using whatever I can to inspire them. I spend a lot of time looking in every hidden crack for a dose of inspiration that could change someone’s day.

This single question has made me lucky. What will make you lucky is:

A) You practice being happy
B) You put in the work
C) You play the long game
D) You serve others

I did these four practices unconsciously at first; now I do them consciously due to the awareness that comes from success. As you develop yourself and learn about who you are, you see what works and what doesn’t work. What’s funny is that what works is pretty similar for all of us.

That’s why we need to compare notes with each other to see that being lucky has nothing to do with success. We create our own luck through the above four practices. We determine if we are lucky. Therefore, luck is something we create and you can create it too. We all can create luck.

“My point is that luck doesn’t fall on your lap with a set of keys to a Lamborghini”

If you find yourself saying “fingers crossed,” or “hoping,” or “with a bit of luck,” then you’re leaving your life up to chance.

By doing that, chances are you will not do anything meaningful or fulfilling. I want more than that for you. Think about that for a moment then go out there and create your own luck.

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Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared millions of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around personal development and entrepreneurship.You can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.com

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10 Tips to deal with negativity while starting a business in a pandemic

1. Get a mentor

The first thing to do as a new business owner is to find the right kind of mentor. That person could be someone in your industry or in general who you look up to. The guidance must be apt for your business, and it should be a mutual responsibility of sharing knowledge. 

2. Two big R’s – Routine and Refresh

Made a mess of something? Try to reboot the situation and make it work. Take a break once in a while and refresh yourself if you feel stuck or your ideas feel mundane. Plan a routine and stick to them – both personal and professional. Having a routine can increase productivity and engage in more activities apart from your pre-planned schedule. 

3. Inculcate problem-solving mentality

Do not panic once you are thrown a problem. Arrange a meeting with the respective party, listen to both sides of the stories, and make a decision that is more realistic and feasible. 

4. Hire half and half

Whenever you hire someone for your business. Make sure that half of the people contradict your ideas, and the other half have the same mindset as yours. The people who contradict can bring in more valuable points and their perspective might take the discussion to a whole new level.  Don’t take too much time finding the perfect one. Hire an apt person who can have the right attitude. 

5. Network, Network, and Network

Find like-minded people and mingle with them. Be more sportive in the learning process. Listen more and talk less – if you are a beginner. You can only be a constructive person who gives input to someone if you have listened to everyone’s point of view. If you feel down, your network might have something to uplift your mood and change your perspective on something. 

“Negativity, in general, is one of the things that holds people back, and you have to see what’s holding you back to get away from it.” – Lucy Dacus

6. Tech-savvy personnel

Learn a thing or two about the latest technology that you implement in your organization. Since the world revolves around technology, make sure your administrative authority knows as well.  

7. Don’t schedule a meeting, that could have been an email

Yes! I said it. Having unnecessary meetings will weaken the purpose of having a constructive discussion. Having back-to-back meetings drains the team members and yourself too. Always have a 10 to 15 minutes break between each meeting to feel refreshed and give your 100%. 

8. Have a pros and cons list

Always, I mean always have a pros and cons list. Let’s say one of your team members pitch an idea to improve the marketing strategies starting next month. Jot down the pros and cons before approving or rejecting it point-blank. It’s a systematic way of making a decision. 

9. Track your finances

Even if you have a team of accountants and auditors, make sure that you are present (both mentally and physically) – learn if you are not aware of it. Trusting your employees is a must, but not overseeing the records is a mistake that should be avoided. 

10. Remember your “why?”

At some point in your hectic schedule or not having ME time can get to you. During those tough times – ask yourself – “Why am I doing this?”. If you can answer this question with a valid explanation, you’ll feel energized. Because “A purpose drives you”. 

5 Best books to read to be more positive as an entrepreneur

Reading always puts me into perspective. Therefore, I took some liberty to give a sample of positivity and determination through words. 

These are the 5 books that’ll guide you to be a more positive and successful entrepreneur. 

  1. Attitude is everything by Jeff Keller – The decisions you make, the routine you set for yourself, and the affirmations you say to yourself every day are going to make a huge difference. If you feel tired, hopeless, and quitting – then this book is for you to boost you up!
  2. Mindset: The new psychology of success by Carol Dweck – You do what you think. In this book, the author talks about two mindsets: The growth mindset and the fixed mindset and what they’ll do to you respectively. She helps you recognize your mindset and change it for the better. 
  3. Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen – This book is about technology uprisings all over the world and businesses that adopted and implemented technology in their firm. The author teaches you that just because your competitors and others are adopting something into their businesses doesn’t mean that you have to as well. Make an informed decision. 
  4. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen – This book specifically is about the power of thought and how it shapes your life into a more meaningful and fulfilling one.
  5. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – The author talks about how people always keep thinking about what the future holds but then forget to live and enjoy the present. And also helps us understand how to make decisions more efficiently based on the present. 

Working towards inner balance requires consistency and perseverance. So does hard and smart work. Being negative is a part of our lives. It’s important to channel it appropriately and make things happen despite the roller coaster ride that is our lives. Hope you overcome your fears and negativity to shine bigger and brighter. Cheers! 

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