With Saint Patrick’s Day right around the corner, corned beef hash and green beer are upon us. As is a theme that surfaces as much as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
This Irish girl (Yes, I am Irish) is wondering how much success is based on hard work? Where does talent fit in? What about luck?
I have to admit, giving luck the power to determine my destiny scares the heck out of me. Because, another confession, I’m a control freak when it comes to my future. Anything I’ve wanted to accomplish, I’ve made the decision, and I got it done. It’s not that it was easy. Most of my goals have taken years of sacrifice.
Hard work? I got it covered.
Talent is subjective. Do I have some raw talent? I think so. If I didn’t, I never would have pursued a writing career. I also think we gravitate toward the things in life that come naturally to us. Writing has always been one of those things for me.
Does that mean I just sat down and wrote a novel? Far and even farther from reality. I honed the little talent I had until it blossomed. I built upon the framework I was born with, learned from my work and studies, then developed it over time. I leaned on people and resources and, most importantly, became a lifelong learner. Yet, it still took me years to develop my voice.
Talent? I’m working on it and always will be.
But luck isn’t about talent. It has nothing to do with hard work. It’s random. It’s a free spirit.
Or is it?
If my writing success is based upon those three things above, I guess I have a two-thirds chance of hitting the New York Times bestseller list. In addition to being a control freak, I dream big.
So what do I say to luck? I tell it the truth. I’m Irish. Because I am. In fact, I’m a whole lot Irish. Don’t let my Italian name fool you (I’m Italian, too!). I have fifty-plus cousins in Long Island planning their Irish Soda Bread recipes as I type. I may not wear green because it clashes entirely with my olive skin, but I know where I come from.
My point is to work luck in your favor. Dream big and never give up.
Do whatever you can to put the odds on your side. Follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before you and made it happen. Put all of your heart, your soul, and your mind into your dream. Luck may just follow.