Redefining luck

“Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. You’ve got to prepare for the life you want”. ~ Sharon Lawrence  in the movie “The Little Black Book”

These were the words of advice from mother to daughter as she was heading out to college and out into the world for the first time.  While I don’t necessarily believe in luck, I do believe that in as many instances, one should be prepared.  One doesn’t have to be a former Boy or Girl Scout, or even heed mother’s advice of wearing clean underwear in case of an “accident”.  But, despite all a person does in their lives, nothing can be passed over without having some degree of preparedness and/or knowledge. In college, these two “virtues” cannot beget one without the other.  In turn, it’s a recipe for success. 

Opportunity hides around the corner; knowledge shoves you into the broad daylight like a big brother ousting you from your hiding place.  Knowledge says “here I am…I am ready.”  It matters little how many or how few opportunities you have to take in life; if you are not prepared, you cannot succeed.  So many students pass through the annals of academia without having the slightest understanding on how they will succeed.  While the opportunity is there, they are unable to come prepared, not only physically but mentally.  I’ve seen it in the attitudes of classmates; rather “former” classmates. 

Now is the time for preparation and knowledge.  This is not luck, this is a lifelong skill.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Stephanie
    Sep 26, 2010 @ 23:05:07

    I love the kind of learning you are describing here…this is the kind where students are active in their acquisition of an education. Also, I like how this blog isn’t just about “school learning” but about a wider, and more rewarding, search for knowledge.

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