“If complete and utter chaos was lightning, then he’d be the sort to stand on a hilltop in a thunderstorm wearing wet copper armour and shouting ‘All gods are bastards!” – Terry Pratchett, The Colour of Magic.
I’ve often been told that I’m lucky. People marvel at how positive experiences apparently fall into my lap. How do great opportunities just seem to show up at the right time? Why are people so willing to work with me, to help me out? Just lucky, right?
If you wanted to get hit by lightning (I don’t recommend it) the odds of it happening to you are about 1 in 30,000 if you just go about your daily business. If you run outside every time there’s a storm, and go stand under a tree? You’re maneuvering yourself into a position where lightning is more likely to strike.
Want to win big on the lottery? The chances of winning are 1 in 14 million (less, if you don’t buy a ticket) but there are still things you can do to increase your chances.
That’s what I do. I’m proactive. I buy a ticket. I run into the storm. I look for opportunities that will help me do the things I want to do or at least get me that bit closer.
I’m also relentlessly positive. There are moments when I feel defeated, or that the odds are overwhelming, but then I pick myself up, dust myself off and start all over again.
I give. I don’t just sit and hope to receive. I throw good things out into the world, just because, and you know what? They come back, in spades. I get involved. I help. I add value.
So, when you hire me to write for you, you’re not hiring my luck. You’re hiring a hard-working, determined and savvy person who will use the full benefit of her skills and experience for you.
Who’s lucky now? Not you. Because you made a great choice 🙂