Updated: July 13, 2021
Last Wednesday, I met some friends for dinner.
One of them came a few minutes late, which was not really a big deal. But in any case, we asked if traffic was bad, and he confessed that the reason why he’s late was that the lotto lines were long.
“The GrandLotto 6/55 jackpot is now P200M!” he shares with excitement. “That’s why I decided to brave the long line and buy a ticket. Who knows, I might get lucky.”
We all got excite11d for him, and even imagined and shared what we would do if we won that much money.
Then yesterday, I sent him a text message to ask if he won.
Unfortunately, he didn’t – and the most he got was just 2 numbers out of his 5 tickets.
“Oh well, better luck next time,” I replied.
Many of us consider “luck” as some random event that just happens – be it good luck or bad luck – and I agree at some level. But I also believe that everyone is capable of creating their own luck.
That is if you want good things to happen to you… then you have to learn to open your world, take risks, be optimistic, and have perseverance – I believe this is how you create your own good luck.
Roman philosopher, Seneca puts it best when he said:
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
And indeed it is like that for me…
I remember almost six years ago, my cousin approached me asking if I wanted to invest in her company. She and her partners are planning to expand and instead of applying for a business loan, they decided to try getting investors first.
They needed a few hundred thousand pesos, and after hearing their business expansion strategy, I decided to take the risk and invest.
Now their company or rather, OUR company, has grown into a multi-million peso business – and the dividends alone that I receive from it can already cover my basic monthly expenses.
Was I just extremely lucky?
On one part – yes. I am lucky to have a very entrepreneurial cousin.
But for the most part, it was my preparation – the many years of religiously saving money and building the investment fund that really allowed me to seize the opportunity.
Many people are waiting and looking for opportunities to come into their lives, but only a few are actually prepared to “grab it by the neck” when it comes.
So always remember this formula if you want the odds to ever be in your favor.
Luck = Preparation + Opportunity