Friday, 28 March 2008

TO BE LUCKY, BE PREPARED.

Many attribute their failure in life to the absence of luck and then refer to the winners in the society as the lucky ones. Whereas, opportunity presents itself to everyone at some point or the other, just that when it does, it meets some unprepared while it meets some fully prepared – the unprepared inevitably cannot make use of the opportunity while the fully prepared make the best use of it. Even in sports generally, winners don’t just emerge without having worked for the trophy; it’s usually the endless hours they must have put into training that pays off. Thus, I dare to disagree with the dictionary meaning of “luck” (good things that happen to you by chance, not because of your own efforts or abilities). To me, a man can only be said to be lucky when he emerges victorious in an endeavor because of his preparedness and readiness at the time an opportunity presented itself. Call me a controversial writer, but see what I mean…

Tell me, if a sprinter that has been training everyday for over a year emerges as the winner in a competition, will you attribute the success to luck or adequate preparation? If a student that has been preparing hard for an examination eventually gets a distinction, will you attribute the success to luck or adequate preparation? If a contractor wins a contract because he submitted a detailed proposal and made an impressive presentation to the client, will you attribute the success to luck or adequate preparation? Judge.

In life, as it is in sports, victory usually goes to the most prepared. If you don’t prepare adequately for an endeavor, you will inevitably fail. Thus, for you to excel triumphantly in life’s battlefield, you must be prepared at all times for opportunities; that’s simply the recipe for luck. To get WHATEVER you want from life, make adequate preparations, be ready to make sacrifices, persevere and most importantly be smart enough to plug-in to opportunities at the nick of time.

If you’re aiming for gold in a sporting event, you better be fully prepared, else you might just fumble. Before you sit for that examination, you better be fully prepared, else you might just waste your time and money. Before you submit that application, you better ensure that you submit all the requirements with it, else you might just waste your time and money. If you’re vying for an exalted position, you had better be prepared, else you might be disgraced out of the contest. Preparation is the key.

Lucky designate, I charge you to influence your destiny by preparing adequately for the set tasks before you. Overpower the wild horse called LIFE and ride her gallantly till you are rewarded someday with a crown. Ride her to stardom. Ride her to opulence. Ride her to fulfillment.

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