(No, wait, that was a different blog…)
Anyway, I did get lucky in Miami a couple weeks ago, just not in the way you’re thinking!
I was in Miami, attending a 2-day 10K Club intensive with our coach, Suzanne Evans. (Remember, everyone can benefit from having a coach!) The event is appropriately named, because it’s VERY intense. We get a brainload of just plain useful information, assistance from the coaching team, mindset adjustment, and the benefit of getting supercharged from the energy of a community of like-minded entrepreneurs.
Another thing that happens in the course of these events is at least one epiphany – you know, where the sky opens up, the angels sing, and a beam of light comes down? At least that’s what it feels like at the time.
I had one of those moments when Suzanne posed the question – “Do you consider yourself a lucky person? If you do, stand up.” My first thought was, “Of course I’m not a lucky person. I had cancer. I’m not rich. I have to work hard for my money. Things aren’t always easy for me. So obviously I’m not lucky.”
Of the 200 or so people in the room, only about 20 or 25 stood up immediately, and I was not one of them. The point of the exercise was that few people consider themselves lucky – statistically only about 1 or 2 in 10, just like in that meeting room. But what we think of as luck goes far deeper than that superficial definition.
On an existential level, we’re lucky just to be who we are. What were the odds that the specific sperm and egg cells that made you would find each other? Infinitesimal. And what if instead of being born in a developed country with all its advantages, you’d been born in a Mumbai slum or a thatched hut in sub-Saharan Africa?
So you ARE lucky simply by virtue of birth and location, with a place to live, adequate food, and the intelligence (and mental leisure time) to ponder whether you’re a lucky person.
What else does it mean to be lucky? Suzanne went on to explain that it doesn’t mean good fortune simply falls into your lap:
- People who consider themselves lucky will do what’s necessary to receive good luck and act upon it. As a result, lucky people get more opportunities.
- Lucky people work hard because they know we have a hand in creating our own luck by showing up, by making the effort, by going above and beyond.
- Lucky people don’t just accept “tolerations.”
- Lucky people don’t worry about money.
- Lucky people take reasonable risks in business and in life.
So even though I wasn’t lucky when I arrived in Miami, I got lucky, and now every day I remind myself how lucky I truly am.
You must have a lucky mindset if you want to grow a successful business AND lead a successful life full of opportunities. The key is to behave like a lucky person… and believe it!
I’ll close with a quote from Suzanne herself, who went from secretary to owner of a 7-figure business in just a few short years:
“You have no idea how much work it takes to be this lucky.”