Debunking Limiting Myths – Luck
Sometime in January a very enterprising young man reached out to me via the Facebook Higher Self page. Prince is a 20-year-old Electronics and Electrical Engineering student who has achieved more in his two decades on Mother Earth than most people do in a lifetime. He grew up in a village in the northern region of Botha-Bothe in Lesotho. By the age of 15 he was already inventing scientific procedures for research in pharmaceuticals and consistently winning medals in the National Science Fair. He now owns a company which manufactures herbal healing balms which are retailed from outlets in the capital city, Maseru, and his hometown of Botha-Bothe. Our untiring Prince also mentors his peers in startup entrepreneurship and runs sessions to help demystify some of the legal requirements such as the taxation and business registration systems. Prince owns a company that records Mathematics tutorials on video and distributes them to high schools and technicians who did not do High School Maths. He was recently appointed to help run a group of companies owned by a top businessman, with interests in Property Management, Distilled Water Packaging and Business Consulting. Prince is also a minority shareholder in these concerns. Amazing, right?
Prince updates me once in a while about the happenings in his life and I find our interactions very sweet and inspiring. For the record, Prince is not my client.
Last month I got news that he had received an award for Best Exhibitor in Youth Projects at a national entrepreneurship awards ceremony hosted by the Ministries of Small Business Development and Youth, Sports and Recreation.
With Prince’s permission, here’s some of our conversation around luck:
Prince: Just got myself an award Mummy. The event was yesterday at the Convention Centre.
MM: Oh wow, this is wonderful abuti, you thoroughly deserve it. Well done!
Prince: I believe I was lucky and I have very intelligent mentors and even more so, I am blessed with an unending desire to learn new things, always willing to learn.
MM: Sometimes I find that what we call “luck” is actually something deeper than that. When you continuously seek, you shall truly find, and doors will literally keep opening for you. A famous person once said, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” I will look up the exact quote and the person who said it just now. That, “unending desire to do and learn new things, always willing to learn” is the source of your ‘luck’ abuti.
Prince: I see now, it makes more sense than before. Please forward those quotes Mummy.
MM: “The more I practice, the luckier I get” was coined by Gary Player, the world famous South African golfer and he was certainly “lucky” throughout his career. Gary Player has long been known as one of the hardest working professionals in the game. American film producer, Samuel Goldwyn is quoted saying something similar, “The harder I work, the luckier I get” and former U.S. President, Thomas Jefferson is believed to have said, “I am a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it.”
Prince then sent me an excited audio message about how liberating he was finding these quotes and proceeded to search for and find another quote on luck within that hour.
His quote, from a video clip, went like this:
“Luck is an accumulation of superior effort and focused execution”.
And my conversation with Prince ended on a happy and inspiring note not long after that.
The quote from Prince’s video clip is actually from Gary Whitehill who further says, “Your mental capacity for many things is also a factor, including your outlook on life both personally and professionally. For instance, without keeping your inner critic in check – it will invariably eat away at you. Furthermore, luck is a sum of many disparate, usually not-thought-of-as-connected, parts. This would include not just how smart you are, but also your capacity to plan efficiently and effectively. Taking it a step further, understand how to leverage to create exponential value and the importance of viewing the world through an 80/20 lens.”
Yes, there’s racial, gender and other forms of discrimination, injustices and heartbreaking poverty all around us. I’m not one to trivialize the socio-economic realities of the world we live in and the collective efforts being made to address these challenges. However, these harsh realities which have so shaped the human experience over millennia will not magically disappear anytime soon, so what then?
Often, achievers are put on a Luck Pedestal and the rest of us “ordinary” beings are relegated to a very short, nasty and brutishly unlucky existence. How many times have you heard, “Some people are luckier than others”, or “I have to be the unluckiest moron that ever walked this doomed planet”? This kind of negative dialogue is severely victimizing, disempowering and holds many people back. What’s the point of trying if some invisible, all-powerful, vindictive force called Luck is determined to make your existence here a misery? And the more these beliefs are entrenched in your psyche, the unluckier you will be.
Your responsibility as an individual is to build an interior life that transcends these myths and limitations so that you can intentionally create your own spectacular luck. You are certainly not ordinary and there is unlimited celestial fire burning inside you. Good luck!