I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. – Thomas Jefferson
Over the years of running my own business, I’ve started to see a trend. I’m seeing a trend in attitude. I’m seeing a trend in being at the right place at the right time. I’m seeing a trend in hard work. I’m seeing a trend in having a little luck – and a little synchronicity.
I have a few roles in the run of a month. Most days, I’m meeting people from all walks of life through the acupuncture and Chinese medicine clinic. Other times, I might be enjoying an interview with a martial artist from Hong Kong, editing an article for someone based out of Texas, or speaking on the importance of personal ritual at a conference. Point being: I get to see many people that have either reached their goals, are continuing to work on them, or have given up. I feel it all can be reduced down to two major factors.
The first factor, and more important, is the grind. The ability to sustain consistent practice and/or work even when there is no immediate reward in sight. It seems that these successful people that I meet continued to produce great work and great results, often without the need to reach some pinnacle at that time. Now that we’ve had ‘be successful’ rammed down our throats for so long, it’s understandable that we’re just regurgitating the same message. Enjoying the process with passion is key.
The second factor has to do with luck. I’d even call it synchronicity. This is the ability to keep an ear to the ground for any rumblings of things one might be interested in or benefit from. Sometimes things come out of left field to one’s surprise and we must be open to them. We are an amalgamation of our upbringing, our education, our surroundings, our friends, our co-workers and our choices. To what degree of impact any of these have separately is unknown, but it makes sense to increase the chances of all of them and work our tails off. Then, if and when the opportunity arises, we’re more than ready.
One martial artist was putting in years of work before he had some wealthy people back his dreams to travel to seminars and research other systems – because they would benefit when he returned. One public speaker had some b-roll added to Youtube, where an aspiring athlete used the speech for background music, only to become the voice of today’s youth. One technology guru just happened to go to school with some like-minded people and created some of the most famous platforms we use today.
The formula seems simple enough. Enjoy the journey.