Let’s Get Lucky!
Why does it seem that some people get lucky in getting their careers off the ground while others seem to constantly struggle? When you speak to successful people, more times than not, their big break came because someone decided to take a chance on them.
I was speaking to a gentleman a few nights ago. We had just met and he was excited to tell me that he had a book coming out. He had worked on it for over seven years. He went to several publishers who all turned him down. It wasn’t until his friend, who already had two books published, offered to give him a good reference to his publisher. He finally had a solid opportunity to present his book and it was accepted.
I’m a big believer that we create our own luck. I think that once we put in the work to develop a talent or skill we will eventually find our niche. It’s then up to us to chance rejection until we find the right fit with the right people.
It can be frustrating and disheartening to work on a project and not get the attention it deserves. It comes down to how we perceive this whole process. If we are only focused on the success of our outcome and not the knowledge and experience we are gaining, then we are missing the point of it all. Committing to any new endeavor can be daunting because the end result is not guaranteed. No matter what, we will walk away having attained new knowledge, skills and experience. We can read and learn as much as possible but at some point, action must be taken. Sitting on the sidelines waiting for the perfect time and opportunity will keep us waiting.
No one likes to fail, but it’s the only way to learn and move ahead. Discoveries and new inventions take time, effort and risk. Putting our ideas out for the public to see and judge can be tough. We can play it safe and never share our plans with anyone. We can then look back on our life and think “What if?” I don’t know about you, but that scares me more than anything else. I want to do my best to have as few regrets as possible.
Meeting and networking with people helps put the odds in our favor that we will find a connection that moves us forward. We also need to stay in touch with the people we already know. We may be in a position to help someone and that is a great reward in itself. When we support each other, everyone benefits.
I believe writing down our goals goes a long way in keeping us on track. It gives us a chance to visualize our main objective. It causes us to be constantly aware of what steps we need to take. The more we focus on all the wonderful possibilities life has in store for us, the more those possibilities become a reality.
Create your own luck by staying the course and not giving up. Keep your mind open to any and all opportunities. Sometimes our paths will go in a whole new direction that we never thought about before. We suddenly find a new purpose that changes our life for the better. Be open to meeting new people. You never know whom you can help or who can help you. Stay positive that all your work and effort will pay off. Keep your regrets to a minimum. Write down your goals and the steps you need to take to get you to the finish line. Above all, enjoy everything you learn and share your experiences with others. Good Luck!!
Celeste DeCamps has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Miami. She worked in radio and television, was a professional belly dancer, drummer, percussionist, nightclub owner, and a sales rep for Southern Wine and Spirits for 12 years. Throughout her different career moves, speaking to and teaching women how to be more confident is Celeste's most fulfilling job.
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