Do You Feel Lucky?

As it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, I’m thinking about the topic of luck. There’s a great quote by author, coach, and speaker Barbara Sher (she passed away last year at age 84): “The amount of luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.”

While random events happen that aren’t up to us (like when I won $200 playing a slot machine at the Las Vegas airport while waiting to board a flight home when I was 21 – OK, maybe that was rigged), I’m of the mind of Ms. Sher – that even if we think we’re the most unlucky person on the planet, we can always take an action, big or small, to affect our outcomes.

Even if we have a bad run and negative events keep happening to us, it seems, when you take a good look at it, I’d be willing to bet that there’s something you can do to prevent something similar from happening again or to create something positive out of the experience.

I recently met someone who lost his job due to the pandemic after spending many years working in retail and who was last laid off in…you guessed it…2007, right in the middle of the Great Recession. Unlucky? Perhaps. Though what did he do? He created his own portfolio career by doing a couple different types of consulting and gig work and being an expert witness to have multiple income streams.

He didn’t give up, feel sorry for himself, or chalk it up to bad luck. He figured it out and you can too. That’s the great thing about being human – we can figure it out, even if it takes us awhile to get to where we want to be, perceived luckiness or not. May the road rise up to meet you!