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Luck is a funny thing. It’s something we all hope for (good luck, anyway). We go to great, and sometimes ridiculous, lengths to try and evoke luck: holding on to 4 leaf clovers, crossing our fingers … and what about all those poor 3-footed rabbits hopping around out there? How lucky are they? But think about it. What is luck anyway? A positive outcome? Or a situation we did not create that leads to a positive outcome? Consider the following scenario: an actress cast as the main character in a play gets ill, so her understudy must step in and play the role. Is this luck? If so, which part of it is luck? The main character getting sick or the understudy getting to play the role? Perhaps both are luck with the main character receiving bad luck and the understudy receiving good luck.

Regardless of what luck actually is, we can agree people want good luck. Such has been the case for centuries. There is a famous Irish Blessing that says; “May good luck be your friend in whatever you do and may trouble be always a stranger to you.” So the question becomes, is it possible to create good luck or create an environment that increases your odds of stumbling upon good luck? Well, if you listen to the experts, you’ll find the 3 tips below which just might help you to create or stumble upon good luck on your next project:

  1. Be Prepared. Bret Harte said, “Good luck happens when preparedness meets opportunity.” If that’s true, we are more likely to have good luck if we are prepared to seize upon opportunities. For instance, take the case of the understudy. She would only consider herself lucky (in a good way) if she had fully prepared for the role. Had she not prepared for the role, she would believe she received bad luck, particularly if she usually prepares for her understudy roles and chose not to this one time. Being prepared allows you to take advantage of those opportunities you stumble upon and create good luck out of them whenever possible!
  2. Be Persistent. Benjamin Franklin said, “Diligence is the mother of good luck.” If he’s right, we are more likely to be lucky if we continue to try. Going back to the understudy again, let’s assume she tried out for ten different plays and had been cast as an understudy in all of them. Let’s also assume she did not get called to play the role in the first nine plays. Had she given up and not tried out for the tenth play, she would not have been cast as an understudy. If she had not been cast as an understudy, she would not have been called to play the role. Stated differently, the actress’s diligence put her in the right place, at the right time, to receive some good luck.
  3. Always remain in control. Not everyone is lucky all the time. If they were, Luck would not be called Luck; it would just be called Life. So what happens when you are not lucky? St. Catherine of Siena (patron saint of fire prevention…of all things) said, “To a brave man, good and bad luck are like his right and left hand. He uses both.” By that, she means opportunity is present in every circumstance. You will not always get to pick your circumstances because we live in a world full of other people. However, you can always choose your reaction to your circumstances.

Bottom line - To answer the question “is it possible to create good luck or create an environment that increases your odds of stumbling upon good luck,” I believe if you are prepared and persistent, then you are more likely to be in the right place at the right time. Perhaps that’s all good luck is: being in the right place at the right time. Additionally, remain in control because you never know when the opportunity to change “wrong place/wrong time” into “right place/right time.”

Be prepared, be persistent, and always remain in control of your reaction to circumstances outside of your control – 3 great tips to creating good luck for your next project, whether you’re an understudy or the leading lady!

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