Does success or failure come from chance – i.e., luck – or one’s own actions?
Excuse me? Luck over action?
Are you shitting me?
Luck has nothing to do with my success or failure.
I make my own luck, the power plays, and do the work.
My success is the sum of my actions, ideas, efforts, pitfalls, weaknesses, failures, resilience, perseverance, work ethic, drive, motivation, curiously, bravery, integrity, consistency, love, sacrifice, leadership, humility, forgiveness, hope and gratitude.
The above doesn’t happen by “luck”.
I leave nothing to chance.
Ridiculous, sickening, unstoppable work ethic
I was never the most gifted, smartest or the most creative child, but my work ethic gave me an unfair advantage.
Yes, I said unfair.
Your talent, money and perfect plan will be rendered useless when we go head to head.
I developed and honed this skill in competition, education and in my professional life.
When I was 11, I understood the power of brutish work. I remember practicing my three throw over and over, through thousands of repetitions, late into the freezing night.
You slept. I trained.
I built my competitive advantage.
Now, take the example of me preparing for university. I quit going to classes. It was a waste of my time. I knew what I had to do to get the best grades, and I wasn’t getting it in school.
I built a home gym, stopped going out and buried myself in thousands of books.
I was early to rise and late to rest.
I trained at 12 a.m.
Then I did the same thing at university, but the stakes were higher.
I sacrificed more, and worked even harder.
I didn’t slow down.
I had to get my shit together and destroy my disadvantages.
When I played American football, I was the worst defensive player on the pitch.
But I got stronger, faster, and better conditioned.
I used the blueprints of successful people who had done what I wanted to do, and adapted their methods to my needs.
It’s simple. Rinse and repeat:
- Figure out what you want.
- Figure out how you’re going to get it.
- OUTWORK EVERYONE ELSE.
It’s always the same formula, applied to different situations.
I have engineered my success, and this journey is based on a precise plan of attack.
I may not be the best, but you will never outwork me.
That’s a fact.
It’s something I can count on, day in, day out, regardless of what I’m doing.
When people succeed, it is because of hard work.
Show me a successful person, and I’ll show you someone who has shined in the face of adversity. Someone who has suffered, sacrificed, endured and evolved.
Luck isn’t a mystical being that hands you what you want stuffed with an apple on a silver platter.
Successful people don’t get lucky.
They make your own luck.
It’s easy to quit.
It’s hard to make things happen.
That’s why there are only a few successful people.
They didn’t get to where they are now by taking shortcuts.
If you take shortcuts and expect success, you’re set yourself up for failure.
“I’m not lucky” is a cancerous way of thinking. It will fuck you over in the long run.
It’s an excuse mindset.
It means you’re giving yourself permission to blame your failures on something else.
Fuck luck! You, and you alone, are responsible for your success.
Don’t just cross your fingers and hope for the best
You are accountable for your actions.
The word “accountability” is now your new best friend.
You are responsible for everything you do.
Be a man, not a child.
I know. It’s hard to be accountable for your actions 100% of the time.
It’s easy to run away and blame your failure on bad luck.
It’s embarrassing how many 30-50 year olds still act like children.
It’s up to you, and no one else, to take responsibility. To make things happen.
No one will do it for you.
Will you gamble on your future?
I sure as fuck won’t. I don’t gamble at all.
Luck is for losers.
The ball is always in your court.