Several years ago I was working with a guy who was not having a very good year. He had lost a couple of jobs and was on the verge of filing bankruptcy. One day we were talking about how a family had sold what had been a cotton field for a couple of million dollars. When he heard about it he said “I need the good-luck bird to take a dump on me like that.” A pretty crude way of saying what a lot of guys today think, “if I could just get a lucky break like that guy, I'd be set”
Well, my friend didn't need luck and neither does any guy, what he needed was a good dose of hard work.
Hard work is not very popular with guys between voting age and being old enough to rent a car. There's a disturbing trend among this group of 8 guys living in an apartment so you only need to deliver pizzas for 10 hours a week to pay the rent. That leaves lots of time to play “Call of Duty” and “Halo”. But these are the same guys who end up complaining because they can't get a real job later on.
These guys think the men who do get a good job are lucky or knew the right people or were standing under the good luck bird. They don't realize those guys weren't lucky, they had developed a good reputation by working and working hard.
The guys that are almost always successful know that hard work is what you purchase your reputation with.
Here's a secret, hard work will get you noticed. There's so little of it going on these days, that a young guy can move up quickly just by hard work. Guys who are willing to work hard are so rare that one who will sticks out like a flashlight at night.
It's important that young guys learn the importance of hard work, because Microsoft, Facebook and Apple weren't built by slackers. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Steve Jobs weren't just lucky, they had incredible work ethics.
Here's one of my favorite quotes from Thomas Edison about the relationship between hard work and success:
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work”.
Stop waiting for the good-luck bird and go to work. Pretty soon you'll be amazed at how lucky you become.