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One man with courage makes a majority.
-- Andrew Jackson


Wednesday, January 24, 1996

Good Luck!

Have you ever wondered how some people can be lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time?

Well, we’re all in the right place at the right time. It’s just that some people don’t know it, and others are not prepared for it. The folks we call “lucky” are the people who can see opportunity and who are prepared to take advantage of it.

There is always opportunity. Even in the most dismal of times, there are things that need to be done. The people who step forward to do those things are the “lucky” ones who enjoy success. Opportunity is always present, but it is rarely obvious. To be lucky, you must learn to look at a situation and see opportunity where others see nothing. This requires an open mind and what we now refer to as “out-of-the-box” thinking. It requires that you look at situations from many different perspectives, all the time wondering “what if?” It requires a certain amount of detachment, so you can view your situation without being clouded by emotion. It requires the courage to try something completely new and the confidence to follow your own path.

Lucky people are also the ones who are prepared for opportunity. Being prepared primarily requires discipline. Discipline is not easy. It requires that you put out sustained effort over a long period. It takes discipline to learn new skills, to accumulate capital, and to make new contacts. And these are the kinds of things you’ll need to take advantage of the opportunities you discover.

Want to be lucky? Open your eyes to the opportunities around you, and discipline yourself to make the most of them.

— Ralph Marston

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