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That’s Not Hard Work

That’s Not Hard Work

You’ve heard “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”

There is dumb luck, of course, like a lottery win, but you have to have purchased the ticket. Maybe the lightning hits the golfer next to you, not you. But the chances of you being hit by lightning are about one in 500,000. Maybe the other golfer was just unlucky.

What we call “luck” is usually more about opportunism. A lot of us see the same thing, but only a few of us realize its potential. A lot of us experience the same thing, but only a few of us capitalize on it.

That’s not “luck.” That’s paying attention, being intellectually curious, having a spiritual connection with the world around you. That doesn’t cost a dime. But it requires that you slow down long enough to look around and pay attention, and ask yourself, “What if?”

Some of you will read this and shrug it off. Some of you will say, “That’s a good point.” And some of you will say, “Whoa, I’m going to try this right now.”

That’s not hard work. And there’s no luck involved.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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