“ You cannot create experience.
You must undergo it.”
Albert Camus (1913–1960)
Nobel Prize winner
One thing that’s helpful to me when I catch myself shying away from
taking a risk…
I remember that I’m not so important that a mistake or failure will likely have any lengthy impact or be that difficult to overcome with a little extra effort and time. (If you happen to be a head of state, a Supreme Court Justice, or a military general, maybe you need to be a little more careful. Of course, I’m fairly confident you’re not getting SalesQuotes. But, then again…)
luck: (noun) a force that makes things happen
You want more luck? Be the force that makes it happen…
- Prepare. Work hard to be ready for the opportunities that are important to you. Research. Practice. Perfect.
- Be awake. Pay attention to the people, events, and things around you. Evaluate logically and trust your gut instinct.
- Take action. Put yourself out there. Explore. Be vulnerable. Make contact with people. Take risks.
- Expect positive results. Optimism improves your chances. If (when) you fail, embrace the lesson and continue on, smarter.
That’s it. Now go be lucky (and sell something).
(inspire yourself or your team with a Push Your Luck pocket card or wristband … click here)
“Life has meaning only in the struggle. Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the gods. So let us celebrate the struggle.”
– Swahili Warrior Song
I wrote that down in a notebook almost 20 years ago. It’s a quote that opens the movie Lorenzo’s Oil (1992) … a motivating thought for challenging times.
But I sometimes wonder if it’s possible to celebrate the struggle so much that that becomes all we want … struggle, conflict, challenge.
Use this link for a few more thoughts and a 6-minute video about
gratitude and living in the moment (after the money hours or on a well-earned break … might want to show this one to your family too … a great monthly reminder).