We have being familiar to the word luck since we were very young, no doubt, in a wrong way. Many of us simply grow up with the expectations of luck.
I will express some deep thoughts in this tutorial which I hope will liberate so many of my fellow Africans and other people in the world who have being believing lies about what luck is.
So, what is luck? How to be lucky in life? Or does anything actually exist to be called luck?
Let me start from the last question: does luck actually exist?
At around age 17 I discovered that I’m brilliant than most of my age mates. I discovered I’m far smarter than many people who are older than me and I could compete favourably with most people in anything I’m willing to devote my time on.
How did I get to this point?
Yes, something I’ll rather call GRACE if I were to be talking with a church audience. Grace is another name for luck.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstances. Strong men believe in cause and effect”
Please permit me to disagree with Emerson.
To say there is no luck is to say I chose my brain when I was coming to the world. To say there is no luck is to say that you decided your sex (male of female) while inside your mother.
To say there is no luck is to claim that the hardest working people are the most successful. This perspective is wrong.
However, at the other end are the people (mostly Africans) who believe in “what will be will be”, “destiny can never be changed”, “if I will be rich I will be rich”
These people too are wrong.
Now, I’m an advocate of the middle opinion. I belong to the school of thought that believes in the sovereign control of God in the affairs of men and at the same time, contribution of men to their progress or failure.
I love this quote of Napoleon Bonaparte, “Ability is of little account without opportunity”
You can never become a world star footballer, even if you know how to play soccer more than anybody in this age, but somehow there is no opportunity for you to join an international club, so I believe in grace and luck.
Then, I want to remind you of what Brandon Mull said, “Luck has a way of evaporating when you lean on it”
The meaning of this is that, luck is never to be expected. Luck is never to be hoped for. Luck is never to be your goal in life.
I love what Thomas Jefferson said, “I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it”
That`s where I’m going.
I earlier told you about my interesting discovery about myself as a little guy of 17, but I didn`t tell you of how I’ve started living my life in some strange ways since when I was around 15. I would wake up at night to read. I stopped wasting my time on football or movie. I set goals for myself and was willing to pursue them with my very blood.
That was the origin of my “luck” which started at 17 and till today. I have not arrived as I haven`t achieved much with my life, but I’m very sure that for everything I’ll ever achieve in this life, it will be after I work very hard that my luck will come.
Dear fellow African, don`t live your life expecting luck or hoping to win lottery. To be really lucky, you have to get out and get your hands dirty.
Sit down and set some new goals for yourself. Start reading good books that will give you knowledge requires to achieve what you need to achieve (either in business, politics, sport, or in your other chosen profession). Be determined and rugged in your pursuit of success as you won`t expect life to be easy.
Luck lives in the bush!