Wednesday Words

To Go Where Your VisionPoints, a few inspiration points for you and your business.

I think most of the people involved in any art always secretly wonder whether they are really there because they’re good or there because they’re lucky.
—Katharine Hepburn

Or in business! Dreams of failing miserably and humorously, like the dream of giving a speech naked or arriving at final exams without knowing the classwork, are so common for a reason. It seems many of us are worried that one day we’ll be discovered for being talentless no-accounts who’ve had our success handed to us, rather than earning it.

But I think the answer is you’re good.

I’ll tell you why: luck, which I do think exists (scientists among you may cringe), is what you make of it.

There have been lucky events in my life that I’ve misread, or bungled.

There have been unlucky times when I’ve worked my butt off to great effect.

And yes, there have been times when I sat down in a pile of luck and made it work, too. The truth is luck’s mighty hard to spot until after it’s passed. When you’re in the moment, every moment is what you make of it. It’s not just being involved in your art or your business that makes you wonder whether you’re good or lucky—it’s being known and recognized as someone who’s “made it.”

Nobody ever had a guilty dream about being lucky and utterly unknown.

I’m not saying that there aren’t lots of other folks besides you who “deserved” to make it, yet somehow didn’t.

I’m saying if you’ve made it, I think you can relax. You’re being recognized because you’re good. You took whatever luck you were handed, and you made something of it.

Like The Great Kate, you’re there because you’re good.

What do you think? Is luck what you make of it, or is luck what makes the so-so dudes at the top look like shining stars?

Do you ever dream that you’ll be found out for being no more than a lucky dog?


Grow and be well,

Kelly Erickson