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making your own luck

<photo: not sitting around, Kew Gardens, London>

opportunity, it is said, knocks but once and you should seize it because it's not going to knock twice.

but what if opportunity doesn't knock? do you wring your hands in despair and hear that familiar refrain in your head - Some guys have all the luck, Some guys have all the pain, Some guys get all the breaks, Some guys do nothing but complain...

we wait for that opportunity of a life time to knock. we wait for that one lucky break. And we look for that one glimmer of hope. and we wait and we wait and we wait - and it never happens. instead of sitting around and waiting for luck to appear, here's a list of tips on how to make your own luck happen:

1. it's hard work. blood, sweat and tears are the ingredients of luck. "Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get." - Ray Kroc

2. be positive, keep doing and don't stop doing. "The day you decide to do, it is your lucky day" - Japanese proverb

3. don't be taken by get-rich-quick schemes. as they say, if it's too good to be true, then it probably is. "Opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.“ - Thomas Edison

4. build your base camp and practice, practice and practice. "I will prepare and some day my chance will come." - Abraham Lincoln

5. keep your eyes open for the right things. don't be blinded by regrets. "When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us." - Alexander Graham Bell

6. count your blessings. "Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." - Charles Dickens

get off your chair in 2017 and make your own luck.

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