Luck is a verb.

11 Jul

The other day, someone told me that I was very lucky.  I was a professional photographer (I’ve sold exactly three photographs), professional writer (half a dozen articles), had a good job and a wonderful family.  She said that just doesn’t happen to her.

And she’s right.  I am fortunate and grateful every day that I have had some recognition for my work, that my kids are happy and healthy, and that it’s been a long time since I needed food stamps.

She’s also right that it just doesn’t happen to her.

Why?  Because it doesn’t “just” happen.  To anyone.

Luck “happens” when three “rights” collide: being in the right place at the right time with the right product.  That’s it.  That’s the secret of success.  That product might be the experience you need to land a job, a photograph that someone wants, or — and I’m serious here — a kind word when a kind word is needed.  (That action will pay big dividends down the line in karma alone.  But that’s a different blog.)

So how do you be in the right place at the right time with the right product?

You have do DO something.  It doesn’t just happen.  You have to take action.

If you come home from work and park yourself on the couch or in front of the computer all night, guess what?  Nothing is going to happen.  It won’t.

I’m guilty, too.  I’m guilty of taking a dirty dish out of the dishwasher to wash by hand because I forgot to run it.  (Seriously, folks, what’s the point of having an automatic dishwasher if you forget to turn it on?)

I’ve also been known to spend five minutes with a hair dryer in the morning, burning my fingers trying to dry a pair of hand-washed undies because, instead of doing laundry the night before, I watched Bill Engvall‘s 15 Degrees Off Cool on Netflix (which I highly recommend, by the way).

But you can’t do that every night.  If you want to be lucky, you have to DO something.  You create your own luck.  You can’t sell photos that sit on your computer.  You don’t sell articles that you don’t submit.  You can’t have great relationships if you don’t spend some time with people.

Luck is a verb, folks.  Get out there and do something.  Get lucky!




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