Do you need luck to be successful?

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Constantly I hear people talking about being successful or not. I get the impression they think success is the result of luck or being a lucky person. Maybe it is true but most people believe that luck is something magical, something in the air that if you catch some of it you will achieve something or be a successful person.

A couple of years ago when I was in college I read a quote that changed my perspective about luck. I know very little about Seneca but the quote is from him and it says:

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”

I don’t remember if I read it from a book, an article or most probably browsing on the web, but what I do remember is that it redefined my academic and professional expectations. From that point on I just decided to do my best in order to be prepared for every opportunity that may arise. I was not daydreaming anymore or expected to be hired by a big software development company and to have a big salary. I knew opportunities will come at some point and I just needed to be prepared to get the most out of them.

In today’s entrepreneurial world we are not only responsible for being prepared and up to date with the latest technologies and trends. Now we are the ones responsible for creating the opportunities for us and for others. It’s time to review what we have learned and experienced so far, and bring our ideas to the table. Let’s get creative!!! Let’s innovate!!! Let’s be crazy enough to change the world!!! I hope I can keep learning forever and do something amazing along the way… What about you?

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  1. Jay Rosenfeld

    Nelson, I’ve seen that quote before and it is accurate. Over my career I’ve seen that “successful people create their own luck”. In other words, they are proactive – prepared, outgoing, have a plan, self-motivated, and focused.

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