As a thinker, I’ve always wondered about the role “luck” either bad or good plays in human life—and how much of our achievements, especially financial, is determined by luck.
It was after my encounter with George S. Clason’s ‘The Richest Man in Babylon,’ and his exploration of the same subject, luck—that I perfectly understood the might ‘luck’ which he determined as a woman (Goddess) wields in our lives.
You cannot argue against the fact that there is, at least, something like good and bad luck in this world. But in what is most relevant to a lot of people, what we call ‘good luck,’ is a mere collection of our preparedness to seize a profitable opportunity or our failure at this.
Over the years, I’ve come to understand that you do not just bump into the Goddess of Good Luck by chance and that in fact, you can place yourself in a manner that would make you more likely to meet her on your journey in life many times, compared to others.
For instance, I regularly meet the Goddess of Good Luck in various ways, and this week, my pig farm partners and I bumped into her on our journey to growing a profitable business.
A few days ago, one of the partners of our pig farming enterprise called to tell me that a certain young man who also has a pig farm nearby was selling his entire 18 pigs for 8,000 GHS (about £1,000)—out of these 18 pigs, 3 were pregnant and 1 could just give birth any moment from today.
18 pigs of which 3 are pregnant for just £1,000. The farm owner wanted to clear his farm as the owner of the land he was using was in pressing need of the land.
Quickly, we reached into our savings and made this fund available and purchased the 18 pigs to add to our 12 pigs, making our total, 30. We had excess structure/rooms for them, so this was not a problem.
Now, we can decide to sell these new 18 pigs and double the price we paid or keep them and even make more cash later. Of course, we intend to do the latter.
If you evaluate the enviable deal we got—it surely looks like we have been lucky—and that the Goddess of Good Luck has visited us to help our business flourish.
But in reality, this is not really luck—it is our preparedness to see an opportunity, even predict it far ahead that is mostly translated us good luck.
We didn’t know this day would come but we had some money saved somewhere, we also had extra rooms/structures available. We were just prepared, for any opportunity that would make us money. And when one presented itself, we saw it and grabbed it.
So what is good luck then? It is simply your readiness to see a good opportunity, take a risk and grab it.
A lot of people are not prepared for an opportunity or for an encounter with the Goddess of Good Luck.
This pig seller/farmer said he spoke to 3 other pig farmers who wanted the pigs but did not have the money to pay him instantly and he needed a prompt payment. In this case, they were not prepared for an opportunity to make money and therefore when it presented itself, they couldn’t even take hold of it, irrespective of how much it could make them.
Life may be random, in some philosophical sense. However, you can place yourself within this randomness in a way that you would regularly receive what many call ‘good luck’ by just being prepared and being able to anticipate the future move of this randomness.
While the lottery winner seems to have just been lucky. When you look deep, you may realize that sometimes he has been playing for many years—each time putting himself there for the ultimate visitation of the Goddess of Good Luck.