Tuesday, January 19, 2016


A lucky girl?
Have you ever felt like the wind pushed you in the exact direction of your choosing? I used to think that I was always a very lucky girl. At times it felt like the high grades in school, travel opportunities and part-time jobs were just handed to me on a silver platter. I got all those things going for me and it was so easy. I never felt like I had to work exorbitantly hard in order to achieve something I wanted. I was being myself. I was being exactly the person that I still am today. Only older and maybe, just maybe a little wiser.
The generally accepted definition of luck: success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one's own actions. I believe that this type of luck only happens sometimes and that a person's own actions are much more important than one might think. Scroll all the way to the end of this post to see what definition I find much more apposite.

Work hard play hard?
When I say I didn’t work exorbitantly hard, I mean that I did what I felt was necessary. I always listened to my heart when choices had to be made. I was always at the right place at the right time. At least, that’s what it felt like. It felt like I had no influence on the outcome but that I better be happy about it because I was lucky and it could’ve happened to anyone, especially people who were more eager to get the same opportunities I was given. Nowadays I don’t look at things that way anymore.

No Secret
My positive outlook on life has brought me certain things that I wouldn’t have accomplished otherwise. And while all of this might sound very The Secret to you, I know that the mind is a powerful tool. The way you set the mind can make all the difference in the world. I know a lot of people think the subject is a bit woozy but I promise you that it all makes sense once you apply it to aspects of your own life.

So yeah, I do believe that in a lot of cases luck plays a part in the outcome of a certain situation. I found that there are so many elements in our lives that are simply uncontrollable. Whether or not it's going to rain in those five minutes you spend riding your bike. If the numbers on your lottery ticket are a golden combination which is bound to make you rich. However, a person’s own actions can give direction and are much more important than depending on chance.

Let me give you an example: last year all students of my year had to find a suitable minor for one full semester. All the fun and exciting minors were most popular. When registration day came it was chaos. It wasn't peculiar in any way to think that I wouldn't get in because 160 students had applied while only 25 were allowed to participate in the minor I had set my sights on: Brand Management. And so it happened that I was sent a rejection e-mail. 15 days before the start of the minor was the day I found out somebody had dropped out last minute. I took his place. While it might look like I was very lucky to have gotten the last and very scarce place during the last week before the start of the minor, a lot had been going on behind the scenes. The minute I heard students were being chosen at random I knew I had to do something. I sent an e-mail to the secretary explaining my dedication and I told her I was hoping she would let me know if anyone dropped out. I didn't have any influence on whether or not someone would drop out but I did have a say in who was gonna fill up the empty spot if someone did. To me it is important that you give some credit to actions you’ve taken in life. Both consciously and unconsciously. 

Good things happen to… people
People who we often regard as lucky are more laid-back and open to the world around them. The trick they apply is not being focused on a single task, while blocking out everything else so much that they miss something unexpected and perhaps important! It all begins and ends with your mind. Maybe luck isn’t simply luck, but whether or not our mindset leaves us open to opportunities we would otherwise miss...

 "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."


  1. Ik herken jou zo erg hierin schat. Mooi geschreven en heel herkenbaar! XOXO


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