“I believe that people make their own luck by great preparation and good strategy.” Jack Canfield
“If I never catch another fish for the rest of my life, I have already caught my share.” That statement, partly in defense, was made by my dad, Alfred J. Hackbarth, in response to a question posed by a friend concerning a recent fishing trip that had not been productive.
Looking back over all the fishing trips I have made over the years; I could easily make the same claim. I would be reluctant to duplicate Dad’s statement if it meant that I would not be catching any more fish for the rest of my life. I hope my share includes many more in the future.
How have I been able to catch so many fish over the years? What do I attribute to my success? My best answer is that my triumphs include a multiple of elements. The pinnacle of achievement includes the development and implementation of the right knowledge, skills and tools.
Tackle, rods ‘n reels and boats comprise my basic fishing tools. I have acquired knowledge through comprehensive study and experience. Skills have been honed from increased knowledge and experience. On expeditions, where all three of these elements have been combined and utilized, is also when I have enjoyed the greatest luck (success) in fishing.
How often in life do we move ahead with a task or major project, utilizing only one of three essential elements? We may have the right tools but lack necessary skill or knowledge to properly use those tools. Or, perhaps we have needed knowledge, but our tools are limited. A hammer is effective unless what you really need is a screwdriver.
You may have a great vehicle – one that looks great and is in pristine condition. But, without a map or GPS technology (tools), your great vehicle is useless in helping you to arrive at your destination. Having the experience (sometimes through trial and error) to use those tools is also needed.
Is there something in your life that is not working? It could be with your job. Maybe, an organization to which you belong, such as your church community or social club. It could be a relationship within your family or close friends. What is lacking? Is success in any of these groups or relationships short of the level you hope and expect?
Today may be the time to review what you are doing. Do you have the right tools? How about your knowledge? Do you really know all that you need to know to be successful in that job? Do you have the right information to support a great relationship? What about your skills?
The proven formula for success includes employing tools, skills and knowledge with one other important factor – passion. I call it ‘the success multiplier.’ Add it to any strategy or plan for increased achievements. If you have great passion for what you are doing, like I have for fishing, and employ a combination of the best tools, skills and knowledge, you should not be surprised by your success.
Does luck have a place in fishing? Yes. Does luck apply to my career, important relationships and social interactions? Yes. As Seneca once said, “Luck is where opportunity meets preparation.” Successful (lucky) people are passionate about their goals. They invest in proper tools, discover needed knowledge and develop the right skills to achieve their objectives.
Do you feel lucky today?
Start with your goal.
Add right tools.