Luck. Mankind has used this elusive descriptor as plausible explanation for favorable opportunities one encounters.
-Landed a sweet new job? Luck.
-Passed Organic Chemistry? Luck.
-Made profitable sum on your used car? Luck.
Luck, luck, luck, luck, luck. I got big news for ya--there is NO such thing as “luck”.
For many, “luck” is an excuse on one to sit on their hands, pensively waiting for good fortune to simply fall in their lackadaiscal lap. If’ I’d spent the last few years, waiting for fate to look favorably upon my dreams, I’ve no doubt that I’d be wallowing in the same unsuccessful slew of the “unlucky” as I was when I was 18—waiting tables at the BBQ joint, driving a 1980’s pick-up with the tailgate tied on, and enduring sticky southern summers with no AC.
The favorable events I’ve encountered in my own life, that others may acknowledge as “luck”, involve a lot of “unlucky” effort—20 hour workdays, heartbeat-skipping risk, personal sacrifice, and enduring constant uncertainty. All good things come at a cost, and turning your dreams into reality is no different. If you are an “unlucky” person, chances are you haven’t paid the price required of success.
For many entrepreneurs, it means leaving a “steady paycheck” from a "momma-approved" dead-end job, for a dream unable to yield financial returns for an unknown period of time. Launching your dream machine may require immense sacrifice--long hours, social disownment, depletion of personal security, and immeasurable encouragement evaporation. For an entrepreneur to “keep afloat” during these trying times, they must maintain focus on their end goals, and commit to do what it takes to realize success.
Everyone’s cost of success is different. For me, it involved working long hours, performing many unbecoming tasks, such as: changing adult diapers during the graveyard shift, promoting liquor brands in a demeaning black dress little longer than a tube top, weed eating my former classmates’ daddy-owned houses in a golf course community. Determined to “keep the lights turned on” by my own efforts while my fledgling dream of entrepreneurship evolved into a tangible opportunity, I picked up the unflattering work gigs whenever I could, developing my then-infantile business during the sleep deprived, wee hours of the morning.
A wise man once said, “The difference between your dreams and reality is called DISCIPLINE.” Did you read that? DISCIPLINE—not “luck”. The reason many fail to experience success as an entrepreneur does not lie in whether or not they’re devotedly stroking their lucky rabbit’s foot on their fateful date with destiny; instead, their failure lies in their lack of discipline—focus and commitment—necessary to turn their entrepreneurial aspirations into reality.
Success doesn’t just “happen”; it’s CREATED, by highly disciplined individuals who fail to trust their future in the hands of something as irresponsible as “luck”. Yes, the “price” of turning your entrepreneurial dreams into reality is high; you may encounter hard times, and spend much of your “freshman year” feeling discouraged. However, attaining the customizable freedom and satisfaction only found in self-employment is well worth the sacrifice. So, the next time you rub shoulders with a highly successfully entrepreneur, go ahead and give ‘em “the nod of acknowledgment”, recognizing their success came a cost so big only the “lucky” will understand.
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