7 Factors of Luck, Part 2 of 3
The second luck factor is the factor of activity. High levels of activity, especially pro-activity, increase the number of things that you do and thereby immediately increase the probability that you will do the right thing, at the right time, in the right way.
For example, if you won a prize once you had flipped 100 heads in coin-flipping contest, the very best way to assure that you won that prize would be to flip the coin the greatest number of times in the shortest time period. And if you did, and you won the prize, it would not be a matter of luck at all. It would merely be a matter of the frequency that you attempted to flip a head.
If you were throwing darts at the dartboard, and you had an endless supply of darts, the more darts you picked up and threw intelligently towards the bull’s-eye, the more likely it would be, all things being equal, that you would hit the bull’s-eye that you desire.
The luck factor of activity begins with an attitude of self-reliance. All high performing men and women are both extremely action-oriented and extremely self-reliant. They look to themselves for the solutions to their problems. They realize that, “No one is coming to the rescue.” When you see yourself as completely in charge of your own life, your own career, your own health, your own family and your own finances, you stop looking for others to do things for you. You start making progress instead of making excuses. You accept that you are where you are and what you are because of yourself. If you want to be or do something different, it is up to you to make the necessary changes, starting immediately.
If you want to be luckier, develop a bias for action. Develop a sense of urgency. Take action. Get on with it. Move fast. The faster you move, the more energy you have. The faster you move, the more experience you gain and the better you get. The faster you move, the more results you accomplish and the more successful you will be.
Luck Factor #3: Mastery
Another great luck factor is mastery, and it always has been. Knowledge and know-how are the keys to the 21st century. You will always be paid in direct proportion to what you do, how well you do it, and the difficulty of replacing you.
As we move into the information age, we have moved from the era of manpower to the age of mind power. Your level of knowledge and skill in your chosen field will determine your luck and success in that field as much or more than any other quality.
Today, people are paid not for position or seniority, but for performance and results. The better you are, the luckier you will be. The more calls you make, on the more qualified prospects, the more likely it is that you will make the sales that add up to a great career.
Your job is to resolve to join the top 10% in your field and then pay any price and invest any amount of time necessary to get there. The luck factor of mastery can do more to help you be a great success than perhaps any other factor.
On the other hand, you can have every opportunity in the world, but if you are not really, really good at what you do, the opportunities will fall through your fingers.
Luck Factor #4: Energy
Energy is another key luck factor. All successful people seem to have far more energy than unsuccessful people. They get up early in the morning and they start faster. They work longer hours through the day and into the evening. They invest time in themselves and in their careers on evenings and weekends.
In Dr. Thomas Stanley’s study of self-made millionaires, fully 84% of them said that the reason they were financially independent was because of “hard, hard work.” They said that it was no miracle. Throughout their lives, they had always been willing to work far harder than the people around them. As a result, like a runner, they gradually pulled ahead of the pack, and then further and further ahead.
The writer Stephen Leocock once said, “I believe in luck, and the harder I work the luckier I get.”
The harder you work, the more you get done. The more you get done, the more you come to the attention of people who can open doors for you and help you to rise up even further and faster. There is nothing like a reputation for hard work to put you onto the fast track in any career you choose.
Wait until next time when I reveal the final 3 factors of luck…and how you can become one of the “luckiest” people alive.
Until next time,
About Brian Tracy — Brian is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and Youtube.