I’m a lucky girl – I have an amazing family, fantastic friends, and I’m truly blessed in the lifestyle and opportunities I have been given. That being said, I have a hard time believing in pure “luck.” Maybe it was the way I was raised – that you have to work hard for anything worth having, rather than just crossing your fingers and hoping for the best. I have never bought a lottery ticket, never played a slot machine (okay, maybe once in Vegas!), and have little faith in the view that “the universe” will somehow make the things I want magically happen.
“Things may come to those who wait… but only the things left behind by those who hustle.” Abraham Lincoln
Have you ever sat around wishing you were as lucky as someone you know? Or some movie starlet or young billionaire? Not to say that I’m perfect; I’ve certainly had moments where I hoped the same. But you can either wait around for the universe to hand you your dreams on a silver platter… or you can go out and make them happen. Which one sounds like a better plan to you? Besides, even if luck has something to do with your success, the important thing to remember is that between hard work and luck, you can only control one. So go the extra mile – be early, be prepared, and don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. It’s when you go above and beyond what you have to do that you’ll yield serendipitous results.
For example, I’m sure all of Panhellenic is buzzing about the 2012 Sorority Lilly Print Collection. And yes, we were so lucky that we were chosen (especially since there were only supposed to be three new prints for the 2012 Sorority Print Collection, and we were one of the extra two!). I choose to believe that the reason we won this fantastic print is not due to mere luck, but through perseverance and sisterhood. If we were not so proud of our mystic bond, no one would have voted for our print – let alone on a daily basis, through two intense rounds (nor forced our significant others, siblings, and favorite fraternity gentlemen to vote with us!). I wouldn’t say there wasn’t some luck involved… but it’s important not to forget the real reasons we were winners: 137 years and counting of extraordinary sisterhood. And yes, I’m already counting down the days ‘til the collection is ready to purchase in August so I can wear our Lilly print to Founders’ Day!
So do you sit around and wait for something lucky to happen? Or do you go out and make your own luck? I encourage everyone to take a lesson from the lucky spirit this month has everyone in and take a risk! Put yourself out there… but don’t attribute your success simply to good luck. It’s up to you to create for yourself the lucky break you deserve!