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The Successful Writer - Luck  is When Preparation and Opportunity Collide
Written by
Kristen Houghton
November 2017
Written by
Kristen Houghton
November 2017

Why do some authors seem to get lucky breaks? We all know someone who 'seems lucky;' what's their secret? Is it just a matter of sitting back and waiting for fortune to come knocking on your door or do you have to do something more to invite it in?  Often people who see themselves as unfortunate tend to want to believe the success and fortune of others is just pure luck and nothing more. They themselves, they will tell you, simply have had no luck at all.

One writer© told me that she'd been waiting for some luck to come her way for so long, she was positive it was never coming. When I asked her what she was doing to prepare for it, she look mystified.

"Prepare?!" she said, "You can't prepare for luck! It just comes. Some people are lucky! As far as I’m concerned if it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all!”

By believing that statement about ‘no luck but bad luck’ she was unconsciously making it her personal truth. She was doing nothing to change her ideas about what luck really was or how she could become luckier. People had no say in what happened in life; it was 'just luck'.

But that is far from the truth. Believe me when I tell you that so-called ‘lucky’ people are definitely doing a great deal more than just existing and waiting for their lucky break!

‘Lucky’ people do something that too many other people don't do - they prepare themselves for an opportunity that will help enhance their lives. They don't just sit and wait and hope; they actively pursue a goal and look for every opportunity to achieve it. Being in the right place at the right time is a planned strategy.

An excellent analogy for this is when you want to buy  a car. You know what you want, you may be saving money for the down payment while you’re looking for the perfect deal.  That’s called being prepared. Your luck comes about when you finally find the car that you want and the incentives package is just what you’ve been looking for. Opportunity and being prepared collide and you’re the lucky owner of a new car! 

In reality the people who are 'just lucky' in life are relentlessly persistent in their ambitious pursuits. The knowledge that they have to be ready for the right opportunity is part of their plans. They aren’t startled by opportunity, they’re prepared for it and are fully able to take advantage when the right one presents itself. These are the same types of people who refuse to let life just happen. They want to be in charge of their lives and being prepared for opportunity's knock on the door is one way they do it.

Sometimes creating  your own opportunity brings luck to your door too. If you're not satisfied with the status quo in your life and you need to make changes, you may have to create an opportunity for yourself. Opening your own business is creating opportunity to showcase talents that may otherwise never be seen. Even if you do this on a part-time basis, you are still creating and preparing for the opportunity of change. This is blowing your own horn and that's perfectly alright. Think of it this way: If you don't do it, you may never get a chance to be heard!

The word luck conjures up ideas of magical and mystical power. In reality the only power you need  is your own ability to prepare and be ready for the right opportunity for what you want in your own life. You'll be surprised at the 'lucky break ' you will get when opportunity and being prepared collide at your door!

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