Once you begin following your natural path, luck happens as a result of the flow you grow. Here’s a simple way to build that foundation – to build your luck.
The foundation of luck is built on four conditions:
Location, Understanding, Connections, Knowledge
Think of a game of football. Think of David Beckham. Now, he’s lucky! The 30-year-old English footballer earns over $80,000 per week kicking a ball and, together with his wife, Victoria, has a net worth of close to $100 million.
So what is it that makes a footballer lucky? As we watch the game, there’s an opening and Beckham scores. We think “That was lucky. Out of all the spots on the pitch, he was exactly at the right place at the right time!”...
LOCATION | Who chooses where you place yourself each day? We each have an opportunity to be at the right place, at the right time. Many of us are so busy going to work every day, we’re always at the wrong place, wrong time. Luck starts with choosing to be at the right place, right time.
UNDERSTANDING | At the critical moment, when the ball is in front of the goal, you may find yourselves at the right place, right time, but you have no understanding of the reason you are there: to kick the ball. Many of us are still spectators, watching the game. By the time we notice the ball, it’s too late to kick. The players know the reason they are there is to kick the ball, so have already anticipated it, positioned themselves, and kicked it. Luck comes from playing the game, not watching it.
CONNECTIONS | Many of us have positioned ourselves in front of the goal, and understand we’re there to kick the ball. We’ve started our business, our investments, but there’s no ball coming. We wait, and wait, and the years tick by. Still, there’s no ball coming. If this happens to you, try looking around to see if there’s anyone else on the pitch. Many of us have not invested in our connections – the players who should be kicking us the ball. There’s no one on the pitch!
Great Wealth Creators have million dollar balls being kicked to them every day as a result of the connections they have built. Connections, by the way, are not the same as a network. Many of us have big networks, but networks are full of spectators, not players playing our game. So there are still no opportunities coming our way.
KNOWLEDGE | There’s no point having balls coming your way if you don’t know how to kick them. There’s no point having opportunities coming your way if you don’t know what to do with them. Knowing how to kick the ball comes with playing the game. The more you play, the more you know. Which is why, the sooner you choose your game, and play it, the sooner your luck begins to flow.
“To know and not to do is not yet to know.”
- Zen saying
You can build these four conditions not by investing your money, but by investing your time. Some of us have been too busy going to work each day to have invested any time in building our luck, and we are no luckier today than we were five years ago.
Ask yourself, how many of these conditions have you built, what would you need to do to build the rest?
Wealth isn’t about how much money you have. It’s what you have left when you lose all your money. When you’ve kicked the ball, the luck remains, and another ball will be along in a moment.
Keep making magic,
Roger James Hamilton