Preparation+A Pinch of Luck=Success


People are always trying to obtain success.  For most people, it is their lifelong goal to be successful, but what does reaching success mean?  How can a person be successful?  In recent years, I’ve often heard that success is the result of luck and preparation.  At first, I didn’t quite understand this concept.  I wasn’t sure how much control you had over your success or how likely an individual’s success was.  For a long time, I believed that success was solely dependent on an individual’s own work ethic, talent, and perseverance, but, after testing this theory out for many years, I’ve changed my mind to believe that this isn’t always the case.  I’ve learned that sometimes you need a little bit of good fortune to help push you into success.

When it comes to your own success, what you can control is your own preparation.  If you work hard, are innovative, and have set everything in place, then keep doing what you’re doing.  Sooner or later, your hard work will pay off and you’ll get the success you deserve.  Sooner or later, luck will come into play and you’ll get your “big break.”  Someone will notice all of the work you’ve put into your career during the years leading up to that moment and they’ll give you the missing piece of the puzzle.  Maybe they’ll hire you, maybe they’ll put you in touch with the person who will make your dreams come true, or maybe they’ll just tell you what you’re missing and what you need to do to reach that final stage called success.

However, as fantastic as this idea of luck creating your success may sound, the true key to success is what you put into it.  If you put nothing into your success, you won’t be prepared for the lucky opportunity coming your way and instead of it being an opportunity that will boost you forward, it will simply pass you by and you’ll never even realize it existed.  Your lack of work will make you be invisible to the person who could help you out and you’ll never capture their attention.  Don’t let that happen.  Make your work so good and irresistible that it just can’t be ignored.  That way no opportunity will ever pass you by and you’ll never be unlucky.  Trust me, your hard work will be worth it in the end.


About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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