It’s Not Just Luck

You know how some people just seem to be in the right place at the right time? Maybe they’re vaguely thinking of looking for a new job, and then out of the blue they’re contacted by a recruiter who has a great opportunity for them.

Others may wonder how people like that get so lucky, but it’s not just luck or good timing.

After, all how did the recruiter know to contact them? The person had to put their information out there. And how were they selected to be submitted for the opportunity that was such a great fit? They had to put the right kind of information out there, in a format that’s easily accessible and relevant to the opportunity.

It’s not so much good luck as it is being prepared for the opportunities in case they arise.

But it goes further than that, because in order to get the job, they’ve got to interview well — which again, involves preparation. And then once they do get the job, they’ve got to do good work in order to keep it.

Yet that same person might look back and think how lucky they were that the recruiter contacted them, and how they never would have gotten the job otherwise.

Blaming your successes on luck is just as big a mistake as blaming your failures on outside events is.

In both cases, you’re not giving yourself enough credit — whether that’s credit for your preparation and hard work or credit for the things you can change in the future when you take another shot at things.

So remember that it’s not just luck. If you want to make a change in your life or accomplish something, focus on the things you can do that will help get you to where you want to be.


  • I remember a quote that goes something like this: Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Recognizing opportunity may be more difficult, but preparation/experience helps there too!

  • There is no such thing as luck………..but the harder you work, the luckier you get!!

    • Hm, I don’t agree that there’s no such thing as luck entirely, but definitely working harder and smarter increases your “luck” :)

  • Kim

    Luck or the word luck in the Swedish language means the best or hard work. Lief the Lucky so named because he died an old man after a life time of sea voyage, wasn’t lucky. He studied the stars, the weather, the tide patterns more that any other sailor of his time. It wasn’t luck it was hard work. This is a tale from the knee of my grandmother. I always believed it. We make our own luck.