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I firm­ly don’t believe in luck not just because the Bible was clear­ly por­trayed it as a lack of faith in God, but there’s more rea­son for it. I used to believe in luck because my fam­i­ly or my par­ents and grand­par­ents believed in it. I remem­ber when I was young, my father dur­ing his rest day, he often buys lot­to tick­ets and usu­al­ly put our birth­dates as his lucky num­bers, hop­ing that he will win the grand prize in the lot­tery.

A decade has passed, yet my father did­n’t become a mil­lion­aire through it. He became a mil­lion­aire after retir­ing from ser­vice of 25 years in the mil­i­tary and invest­ed the lump sum he received in build­ing our own house, a rental apart­ment near­by, a Nis­san Urvan and a UV Express Fran­chise and the rest was invest­ed in oth­er small busi­ness­es such as Sari-Sari Store and Bike Rental for Kids.

I also read a lot of books per­tain­ing to suc­cess and biog­ra­phy of some peo­ple who became suc­cess­ful, but I noticed that luck has no part in their suc­cess.

I am cur­rent­ly read­ing a para­ble that talks about the rich­est man in Baby­lon by George Clayson. If you want to know the secrets of the wealthy peo­ple dur­ing the ancient times, I rec­om­mend you to read this book, that even we are now in the age of infor­ma­tion, the secrets are still applic­a­ble to our world today, just like the teach­ings of the Bible.

Here are the lessons I’ve learned from the book about luck:

  1. Luck hap­pens when prepa­ra­tion meets oppor­tu­ni­ty. It will not hap­pen by chance or by any coin­ci­dence.

We can­not say that the uni­verse was cre­at­ed by a chance, nei­ther our exis­tence, thus the the­o­ry of evo­lu­tion is a fail­ure. There must be a cause for every­thing. It’s mind bog­gling if we believe that some­thing will appear out of nowhere.

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Like­wise, luck will not be giv­en to those who loves to pro­cras­ti­nate. It is often giv­en as a reward to those who are deserv­ing.

Who are these peo­ple? They are the ones who grind and hus­tle day and night.

Per­haps not all the time they will be reward­ed for their efforts, because some­times the con­cept of reward sim­ply teach­es a per­son either to per­sist and do more and do not stop until he gets it.

Now, what about the days you picked up a coin or a mon­ey while walk­ing? Is it luck or not? Well, I can­not say it is a luck because there must a rea­son behind it, either some­one did­n’t notice that his or her mon­ey slipped out from his or her pock­et or per­haps God has heard you whis­per­ing because you need mon­ey. God moves in mys­te­ri­ous ways.

  1. No one became suc­cess­ful by a mere luck.

I did­n’t know any sin­gle per­son who became suc­cess­ful just because of luck. There might be a few men or women who won the lot­tery but often, after a few months, they became poor­er than they were.

Why? Because even you have all the mon­ey in the world, you can­not buy expe­ri­ence, char­ac­ter, wis­dom, and atti­tude. It is earned and it is learned.

In gam­bling, the play­er was not the one who become rich­er every time they win but the game­keep­er or the one who facil­i­tates the game. I have tried to gam­ble once in a place called “perya”, three times I won but after­ward, I did­n’t win any­more. That’s life in gam­bling, the game mas­ter will entice you to con­tin­ue to play the game by giv­ing you a chance to win.

Most suc­cess­ful peo­ple start­ed from noth­ing that the only thing they have is their ideas, pas­sion, and faith for the impos­si­ble things to hap­pen.

  1. Oppor­tu­ni­ty will not wait for any­one.
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Have you ever made a deci­sion that lat­er on you regret it because you either made a quick judg­ment or let it passed by?

Some­times when the oppor­tu­ni­ty knocks, we pro­cras­ti­nate because we often doubt our­selves if we can do it or not, and lat­er we regret it because we did­n’t get the oppor­tu­ni­ty quick­ly.

I remem­ber there was a time, I regret that I let an oppor­tu­ni­ty passed by. Peo­ple are often talk­ing about this com­pa­ny that was list­ed in the stock mar­ket. I said to myself, no I’m not going to invest on that because it’s risky, and after a few years it went up from 2 pesos to 60 pesos! If I have only invest­ed quick­ly and does not enter­tain my fear, maybe I could retire now.

Hence, luck does not mean chance, it is an oppor­tu­ni­ty that comes to the one who accepts it.

Oppor­tu­ni­ty comes to all, some grasped it quick­ly but the major­i­ty hes­i­tat­ed, fal­tered and left behind because of fear.

Thus, luck is prepa­ra­tion meets oppor­tu­ni­ty and the only one who takes action can get it.

A copy of this post was also post­ed in Huff­in­g­ton Post

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