On Luck

There have been numerous discussions about “luck” that have intrigued me indeed. On its formal definition, “luck” is something to be known to be beyond someone’s control. Is it really? I don’t think I can completely cite any study that would prove both sides correct but I’d like to feature some insights I encountered from Maria Popova’s site.

Personal Musings - On Luck Oct 6 2013

1. How we find fulfillment in our every day work is in our full responsibility. I agree to this. We all have different circumstances in life. Someone else’s situation would always seem better than ours but it is our choice to look at it that way. I used to always say that I feel lucky for where I have gotten myself in terms of relationship and career. Come to think of it, I did nothing but do my best in everything I do and always find the good in it. I cannot deny the pain and sacrifice that had to be done but I always manage to see the good in it all. If you say that’s luck, then I am definitely lucky!

“If the twentieth-century career was a ladder that we climbed from one predictable rung to the next, the twenty-first-century career is more like a broad rock face that we are all free-climbing. There’s no defined route, and we must use our own ingenuity, training, and strength to rise to the top. We must make our own luck.” by Jocelyn Glei

“Lucky people take advantage of chance occurrences that come their way. Instead of going through life on cruise control, they pay attention to what’s happening around them and, therefore, are able to extract greater value from each situation” by Tina Seelig

2. Our habits define who we are. Research shows that our actions are heavily influenced by automatic patterns, citing that there is only so much will power we can exert. Therefore, it is important to form the right habits the right way.

3. Document your life, may it be by writing or some other outlet. Let it be a medium where you can go back and reminisce where life has taken you so that you can discover what motivates you to allow yourself to find meaning in life.

” This is your life; savor it. Hold on to the threads across days that, when woven together, reveal the rich tapestry of what you are achieving and who you are becoming. The best part is that, seeing the story line appearing, you can actively create what it — and you — will become.”

4. Take risks and face whatever outcome head on. I myself am a victim of focalism sometimes where I tend to focus on the failure that may result from trying out new things, forgetting the good along the way.

“We feel safe in our comfort zones, where we can avoid the sting of regret. And yet, at the same time, we regret most those actions and risks we did not take.”

I hope you enjoyed the insights from Maria Popova as much as I did. Have a nice day!

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About Mariel Tan

Artist at heart who shares the spice in her life. Visit my blogs: https://marieltan.wordpress.com/ https://joiedevivremariel.wordpress.com/

One comment

  1. A very nice post.

    “Lucky people take advantage of chance occurrences that come their way. Instead of going through life on cruise control, they pay attention to what’s happening around them and, therefore, are able to extract greater value from each situation

    – I couldn’t agree more there are so many opportunities all around us yet not everyone has developed the ability and mindset to look around and see them as what they represent; both what truly are the important things or just simply clutter around us



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