Although people often tell me that I’m lucky, I don’t believe in luck.
Good things don’t just happen by chance—the best things happen to people who put in the time and effort. That being said, anyone can achieve great success in life if they stop waiting around to get lucky and start taking an active role in making their dreams come true. Read on and see if you don’t agree.
1. It takes years of practice to become an overnight sensation. Just ask pop star Carly Rae Jepsen. Sure she seemed to appear out of thin air, but she actually placed third in Canada’s version of American Idol in 2007 and released an album three years prior to her hit song “Call Me Maybe.”
2. Talent is God-given, but success takes effort. Tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams woke up at 6 a.m. to hit the tennis court from the time they were 7 and 8 years old. Marissa Mayer, the new Yahoo CEO, often pulled all-nighters and 130-hour work weeks at her previous job at Google. And when he started his first business, Shark Tank star and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban went seven years without a vacation.
3. Quitters never win, and winners never quit. Michael Jordan was kicked off of his high school basketball team. Clearly it didn’t stop him, and I’d say it was pure determination that made him take hundreds of jump shots every day during his off seasons. And 60 different literary agents rejected Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, before her so-called “luck” kicked in with number 61.