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How To Be Lucky In 3 Easy Steps

How To Be Lucky In 3 Easy Steps

Have you noticed how successful people always seem to be lucky?

You know, they just come from nowhere, enter the right place at the right time and get rewarded handsomely by life. Isn’t that perplexing?

Just look at Linda Ikeji. Her blog is crappy. And ugly. And slow to load. And cluttered.

She isn’t even a good writer. Neither is her blogging professional. I bet many of you write and blog better than she does.

Yet, you’re a broke nobody… while Linda makes a killing.

Some guys say she makes N4 million daily. What’s that if not sheer luck?

And hers is not an isolated case. We all know people in every field who’re just lucky to be where they are or have achieved what they achieved.

We know Yakubu Gowon who was lucky to have become the Head of State at age 27. We know Bamidele Onibalusi, a Nigerian, who was lucky to have started making over N700,000 monthly before he was 18 years. We all know one person or the other who was lucky to have won a scholarship, to have won an essay contest, to have successfully published book, to have… you name it!

And we definitely know Muhammed Abdullahi Tosin who was just lucky to have grown his blog to over 18,000 email subscribers and 6-figure monthly revenue.

Do you see now? All these people are successful in what they do because they’re lucky while you’ve not been so lucky, right?

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The truth about being lucky

The reality about luck is that… it doesn’t exist!

Okay, it does, but only for the prepared minds. It doesn’t exist for folks who’re too lazy to invest time, money and energy to improve themselves daily, or are too scared to take action on their goals.

Show me anyone who ever achieved success by luck and I’ll show you a person who’s dreamt big, planned well, sacrificed ample time and energy, and took action despite his fears.

Linda Ikeji invested time, energy and money in a modeling career. She failed.

She could have retired and blamed it on bad luck. She didn’t. She picked herself up, took up a career in blogging and showed up every day for 4 years without making a penny.

And now… she’s lucky!

Jon Morrow is today one of the most popular bloggers the world over. He makes over $100,000 (N19 million) monthly. Clearly, he’s lucky.

But here’s his full story: he has a terrible disease from infancy and can’t move anything from his neck downward. He has control on only organs on his head.

He has all the excuses in the world to become a liability in a welfare home. He didn’t.

He attended college and had good grades. He started blogging and invested years, energy and money to grow it.

And now… he’s lucky!

How to create your own luck

Turns out, successful people only do three things to create their own luck. Copy them.

1. Prepare well

Once, I sat for an oral test in school. Each student was asked a question to answer before other students. When it was my turn, the lecturer asked me to list four examples of a particular concept. I promptly did and sat down happy.

After the test, two of my colleagues joked that I was just lucky to have got a darn simple question. I laughed.

Truly, the question I got was about the simplest of all, but…

“What if I hadn’t studied that part of the course?” I asked them.

“Who wouldn’t? Even if you hadn’t, you were in class when the topic was treated.”

“Okay, list the four examples right now,” I jokingly retorted.

Surprisingly, each of them took turn to attempt listing the four examples but could only mention three. They each confused the last example.

I was shocked they couldn’t. But that only shows the first step to being lucky: adequate preparation.

And since life gives you unexpected questions at unexpected times, you must keep improving yourself and getting prepared always.

2. Look for opportunities

You’ll not be lucky by locking yourself indoor all days or closing your eyes when you walk the street. You must be observant and intentional about seeking opportunities.

Whether your goal is to get a scholarship, publish a book, start a blog, win an essay contest, attend an international conference, start a business or grow it, opportunities abound.

Yes, most people close their eyes to opportunities, but people who get lucky don’t.

3. Take action

This might be writing. Or going for an interview. Or hitting the “Publish” button. Or registering your business. Or creating your first product. Or any other action needed to achieve your goals.

Fear will try to hold you. Self doubts might creep in. Some little minds might discourage you.

You must ignore them all. That’s what lucky people do.

So, go!

Go create your own luck. Go get the success you deserve. And when people start saying you were just lucky, you laugh it off and enjoy your success.

Question: What are you doing to create your own luck? You can leave a comment below.

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  1. Awesome post. There’s no doubt that these 3 steps are the best ways to get lucky, to become awesome. It seems you’ve been reading my lately. Send me the mind reader app you’re using (if it exists, though).
    Thank you for sharing this, Abdullahi. This post is a confirmation of my belief toward being successful.

  2. I like this piece. Timely! Just what I needed to hear. I’ve been following your posts for a while but never really ‘acknowledged’ you in that sense.
    You’re indeed doing great stuff and making a difference. Keep up the good work! God bless!

  3. ATTRACTION: making idea attractive makes it irresistible to people. The crude state of idea despises its precious quality. Value is added by refining, causing the brightness needed to draw the admirers. Dusting and polishing make to be radiant, giving the glory embedded. Attraction beckons to get the attention by loud shout that can not be ignored.

  4. This is very practical Abdullahi.

    What I do to create my own luck is to prepare well and wait for opportunities, because when opportunity meets preparation, luck appears. But now, I think I have to start creating my own opportunities too, not just waiting for them.

  5. wao.. this is awesome.

    there is no short cut to success other than painstaking hard work. som1 has defined d word luck as an acronym for Labour Under Correct Knowledge.

    Luck is simply when preparation meet opportunity. we must continue to prepare as prior proper preparation prevent poor performance.

    thanks for d wonderful piece. kip it up bro.

    thumb’s up.
    I’ve been following ur blog for a while now and what u normally dish out is fantastic.

    Let d good work continue.

    I dey feel u

  6. sean collins says:

    very helpful
    find bulk lot of motivation here, to kick start my own success “lol”
    great thanks to ya mr Tosin

  7. Ayeyemi Taofeek Kehinde says:

    Thanks for sharing this to refresh the minds of your readers on what it takes to succeed. It quite resonates with me.

    For me, to answer the question asked above, I’m going through sleepless nights and restless days in order to PUBLISH my second book and to execute another PROJECT.

    I believe by the time it speaks success, some will say I’m so LUCKY. But as you advice, I’ll just laugh it off and enjoy my success.

  8. shittu habeeb says:

    I think you have directed this to me… Thank you. Its awesome

  9. Nice one Abdullahi…And I think that “Look For Opportunities” is the most important step to creating your own luck. It would amaze you how that conversation you postponed, event you skipped or e-mail you didn’t send made you lose out on your next big thing. Never stop looking

  10. Pow! I love this.

    You’re awesome boss. I can’t wait to join your coaching course.

  11. I have a question coach.can I create my own luck to be the best student in my class using these 3 steps. I’m an undergrad.

  12. Tobechukwu says:

    Great stuff. How do you always come up with winning ideas like these? I want to plead you write and tell us how to hack our brains and become a genius like you.

  13. This piece is for me. I want to win a scholarship.

    1. I’m really reading wide on Chemistry, my field of study and keeping close to the news to stay current.
    2. I’ve subscribed to scholarship websites for updates.
    3. I’m going to take aaction when any chance comes.

  14. Itunuoluwa says:

    I just found this website recently and I regret it. Seriously.

    Here’s why: I should have found it and benefitted from it many years ago. I would have been a much improved writer today. But I’m glad to be hear anyway and join your teeming excited fans. I realy really love what you do here.

  15. Thanks a lot

  16. Usman abubakar says:

    Abdullahi , you are really putting up a good work over here. I am looking forward to coming to unilorin this year

  17. Coach! All u said is damn right true, u see I have won six scholarships as an undergraduate student but some of my friends just say that they are not lucky like I’m but what have really helped me is looking for opportunities and always taking action. For example you posted a DAC scholarship on this website which I applied for and won, I can never win that scholarship had it been I never applied.

  18. I want to set up a social network bt i dnt knw how to go abt it.

  19. Two words; “Master piece”. You are on point.

  20. Prince Jones Nwandire says:

    One word, or rather two: Thank you. You’ve got a fan.

  21. Happy to be here. Thanks good job here dear.

  22. Dunni Adenuga says:

    I have started looking for essay contests online, and submitting my entries. Before, I used to wait for people to tell me about essay contests, and even after they did, I still might not submit an entry. For instance, I’ve been visiting this blog for a long time to check out updates on contests, but I did not submit entries for all of them.
    Not all those I submitted entries for were successful, and I guess that dampened my spirit. Thankfully, however, I have put all those behind me. I am back here fully. Imagine, despite all those months of visiting, I never made a single comment! I really appreciate what you do here, Mr Tosin.

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