A protégé of mine was concerned with a particular problem, and sought my thoughts because his problem needed immediate attention. He said that if he did not make a decision about the matter, it could possibly cost him a considerable about of money. My recommendation to him was to call the company first thing in the morning regarding his concession, and send an email detailing his reasons. After several days had passed, I happened to see him and inquired about his decision concerning his problem.
He said that he and his wife decided to hold off on making any decision and that they would call the company next week. I asked, “Do you think that your problem is going to go away?” He replied, “These things have a funny way of working themselves out.” My response was utter silence and I concluded the conversation with, “Good Day.”
How could people be so naïve as to think that if things are left to themselves they will evolve into something beautiful? That makes as much since as Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. The last explosion I can recall left everything affected by its force in complete ruins. Do you believe in chance?
Are you the kind of person who leaves his problems alone, thinking that somehow they will work themselves out? The person who leaves his or her life to chance simply believes in luck.
Life may hold some unfair advantages for some people if success is considered luck. Fortunately, success yields itself only to the self-disciplined, driven individual who believes that he or she can force their success. E. B. White said,
“Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men.”
God informed Joshua in the book of Joshua that if he adhered to His laws and was courageous, then he would know good success and would make his way prosperous. No marriage works without sacrifice; no business succeeds without a proven product or service; and no person overcomes their ignorance without information and applied knowledge. Therefore, get your head out of the sand and make something happen.
Lucille Ball once said,
“Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it, and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work — and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.”