I’ve been listening to a lot of insightful podcasts of late, CEO’s, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, sports people and more. They talk about operating at a high level, a determination to succeed at all costs and it’s made me re-evaluate my desires a little.
When success is a necessity
It seems if you have nothing, you have to throw it all in the ring to try and get something.
Entrepreneurs who have grown up missing meals or relying on handouts to keep them clothed have a massive motivation to do things differently for themselves once they are old enough.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have not experienced this… but commend such determination. Success isn’t life or death for me, but I hope that doesn’t stop me from achieving my goals.
Winning the lottery…
Now don’t get me wrong, I play lotteries from time to time and I’m not about to turn down a jackpot anytime soon, but I don’t think I could say winning the lottery would feel like a success to me.
Success and luck are different things, in my eyes. Success is the feeling of achievement once as task has been completed, luck is a moment of chance coming out in your favour.
Believe it will work
You mindset is a key ingredient to your success in whatever you put yourself into. If you believe it will work, it is more likely to work.
If you set out to walk to town and were told by a neighbour that you’d never make it, you would have doubt over your ability. Likewise if you left knowing 10 other people from your road did it yesterday you’d be more confident in your ability. Fill your journey with positivity from the start.
Factor in a reason
Sticking with my ‘on foot’ metaphor for a few moments more. If the reason to walk to town was to get food or drink for your family that day, the justifications for your efforts are clear.
So what is the reason for winning the lottery? If you are determined to be rich. What will that look like, what will it enable you to actually do (not ‘everything’ as that doesn’t answer the question)… I’m talking about offering further education to your children, family holidays, moving house, buying a new car, helping out charities or friends perhaps.
Let’s talk about luck
Do you make your own luck? Sure, you need to be in the right place at the right time, and that includes buying a ticket if you want to be banking a big bag of cash from a spot of mainstream gambling.
There are other things that you can’t control but could affect your journey considerably, and I guess those are coincidences.
The stars are aligning
I’m not about to get all spiritual on you, but there is a belief that some follow and that is ‘things happen for a reason.’
Imagine bumping into a publishing giant on the tube the day after you finished writing your first novel. It could just be the catalyst that your writing career has been waiting for.
Improving your odds…
Let’s take the example above again… now, Imagine you were sat on the tube reading a preproduction copy of your first novel. Or if you were a wannabe fashion designer wearing a garment you have made yourself.
This additional statement or effort to identify yourself to the world as what you are could improve your odds of being spotted, and make a coincidental encounter with a future employer or mentor more of an inevitability, rather than just pure chance.
Add marketing to your lifestyle
I suppose the act of improving your odds is effectively marketing yourself. Being proactive in your search for success. If you don’t try something you’ll never know if it could have worked.
I’m guilty of this. I’ve been procrastinating about my game show for the past few months and I need to just make the jump and pitch it to some production companies. I’m doing that this week – you heard it here first.
So do I need to be a millionaire?
No… I don’t think anyone needs to be a millionaire. However, given that opportunity I’m willing to give it a go. I think it will be more rewarding to achieve it from my own hard work than the random selection of 6 numbers, but for the people it will help I’m sure they won’t discriminate.
Best of luck. May your hard work pay off and your numbers come up trumps.