Leicester City winning the Premier League was a shock to most. At the start of the season, the odds of them winning were 5000/1, so naturally no one saw it coming. As the first few wins started trickling in, people would comment on how “lucky” Leicester were. Confident brash remarks were made that they would never be able to sustain this fluke success until the end of the season. But they did. Was it luck?
Of course it wasn’t. Zidane commented on the success of Leicester this season by saying “There are no miracles in football though, only just reward for hard work.”
This is true for EVERYTHING.
Most of what happens in our lives is not a surprise. We can prepare. How successful you are, in part, is down to how well you can set yourself up for likely eventualities. Say for example you know your elderly parents are declining a little in their ability to do day-to-day tasks. How well you prepare for their decline (conversations about care options, their preferences, their medications), and allowances made in advance, will be the deciding factor in how well you will respond to an adverse situation, for example your mother having a fall.
This is not to say that I believe luck is a myth. It is possible that unexpected incredible things can happen. There is an element of luck in a lot of situations. Gambling, for example. Playing the lottery. However, had you not bought that ticket in the first place, the luck would not have presented itself.
The harder you work, the more opportunities you create for luck to appear. Working hard does not mean that you are “getting lucky” it means you are creating luck. And I personally think that’s where the confusion lies.
There are plenty of people who are bitter towards the rich, wealthy, and successful in our society. I think this is entirely bonkers. Given that the person in question is not rude or obnoxious with their wealth, there is no reason to assume that these people “got lucky”. There is no need to be bitter or resentful towards someone before knowing how hard they must have worked to get to that point. I feel as if I am indulging myself into a tangent/rant here but it does frustrate me.
The people that see success as being “luck” instead of “hard work” are lazy, and will never reap the benefits of the lifestyle they so obviously crave and resent at the same time. This may be too much of a generalization of those in my generation, but I think it is fair to say that a lot of people are probably too concerned with “looking successful” in the face of social media, rather than actually being successful in in the face of career and life and what they can give back.
Just to finish off, an amazing quote by Thomas Edison: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” I find this to be more and more true every day. So, here’s to hard work. And “getting lucky”.