Are You Overlooking Your Lucky Breaks?

Posted on May 14, 2024

The you² handbook opens with these ancient words dating from 500 B.C.,

“If you do not expect it, you will not find the unexpected, for it is hard to find and difficult.”


That quote speaks to us about luck, providing both a warning and a promise.

Chances are, at this very moment, you’re being presented with an array of lucky breaks. Some unexpected, some difficult to detect, but several fully capable of changing your life.

Do you recognize a lucky break when you see it? How many of these breakthrough opportunities fail to register on your radar? And how many do you see but choose to disregard? So many lucky breaks come and go—never recognized, never seized.

Ordinarily, luck is not a rowdy force that comes barging into your life demanding attention. Sure, you might find a $100 bill lying on the sidewalk. Or some unknown relative might bequeath to you a vast estate worth millions. Luck occasionally lands in your lap without any effort on your part. Most of the time, though, luck is subtle and low-keyed rather than showy. It typically comes before you as a possibility. An opportunity. Maybe a random social encounter. The rest is up to you.

Luck often arrives quietly in the form of an idea, a notion or some whim that wanders into your thinking. It may show up as a tantalizing “What if . . . ?” that teases your attention. But such thoughts, even if they have great potential, are easily discounted and dismissed. Most simply get lost among the 50,000 or so thoughts you have each day.


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Too often people set a goal for themselves that’s doomed to fail because it’s incompatible with their makeup. Or their action plan requires behaviors that are psychologically out of sync with their personality. No surprise, their efforts fizzle out. It’s like the clothes in your closet—if they don’t fit, you won’t wear them.

Luck presents itself and hopes to enlist you, but it doesn’t beg for attention. It’s also sensitive to rejection. If you show little interest or procrastinate, luck gets impatient and goes looking for another host who’s willing to engage.

Be mindful of the amazing possibilities that luck is offering to you right now. Survey your current situation—consider your circumstances, the ideas in your head, and the things you desire. You should be able to identify several promising opportunities that represent lucky breaks . . . if only you will pursue them.

Maybe you’ll need to take a new risk. Or put more skin in the game. Or put on your work clothes and get your hands dirty.

Luck prefers to work with you, not for you. It wants a give-and-take relationship where you show initiative and do something with the gifts it offers.

Don’t let your big chances pass you by. Luck is waiting for you to make the next move.


Price Pritchett is one of the foremost experts on fast-growth strategies and breakthrough performance. His firm—PRITCHETT, LP—is recognized worldwide for its thought leadership on mergers, corporate culture, change management, and accelerated achievement. These writings define the behaviors and individual mindset underlying fast growth and innovation.


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