🍷Credit To The Crimson & Clover 🍀
I bumped into someone who follows me on Instagram, and he congratulated me on all of the bookings I've had recently. I said, "Thank you, I've been lucky". He said, "no, it's not luck, it's hard work. You put the work in". I smiled and thanked him. It wasn't the time to make the case I'm going to make here.
When I think about my existence, I think about how I may be the product of a couple of glasses of wine that brought my parents together. It could have been couple of glasses of wine that gave them the confidence to talk to each other. A little liquid courage to bring them together.
Pure luck would have it that I was born into a family in the USA 🇺🇸 with parents that were successful in the right areas. From the time of my birth I was influenced by them and introduced to people who had an impact on me in a way that was completely beyond my control. Who I was to become was already being shaped by these experiences long before I did anything by way of hard work. Before any hard work had been activated, I was being formed into a certain type of person without any control over the matter. This is the “pre-hard work” phase where I was not deciding what to do with my life, it was being decided for me.
Call it what you want to call it. I call it Lady Luck.
When I think of what came first - the chicken🐓 or the egg 🥚, I don’t know, but when I think about what came first - luck or hard work, it is obvious that it is luck. Luck is a precondition for hard work. The luck of having been born in the very first place, without which, hard work could not exist. Luck is the most significant contributing factor to who I am. Hard work is background music in comparison to luck🍀. Therefore credit must be given to luck.
Maybe you're wondering what my point is. My point is that if one is to speak to others honestly about their success, one must also credit luck🍀, the foundation upon which all success is built. Otherwise, they are only showing others a partial picture, and creating a false impression to their listeners about how their success was achieved. It seems to be the nature of our species to forget those who have helped us along the way. How quickly the gifts of Lady Luck are forgotten. I've found that people generally don’t like to give credit to luck because it means that they might not have had as much to do with their success as they would like to think. They want to claim all of the credit for their success. People will avoid giving credit to a person, if they can, and the fact that that person may speak up is enough to ensure that credit is given in many cases. Lady Luck cannot speak, so it's no mystery to me that she receives so little credit. Many have spoken on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves, and I am here speaking on behalf of Lady Luck 🍀.
The recognition that "it's all luck", has a certain way of keeping one from becoming too arrogant.
As a kid my dad said, "everything in life is luck" and "the harder you work the luckier you get". Richard Wiseman, author of The Luck Factor, had a write-up in a British science magazine in which he said, "the most sociable people tend to be the luckiest". I say everything in life is built upon a foundation of pure luck and trying to separate how much is hard work versus luck would be as difficult as trying to rub the green off a clover.
And so, I credit crimson and clover over and over.