I’m an eternal optimist. That means that I usually underestimate the time it takes me to do something, always betting on things going without a hitch. That’s betting on being lucky: I don’t consciously count on being lucky… I unconsciously assume that all will be well.
Being an optimist is a good thing – it makes it possible to keep moving and never lose hope. And with every good thing there’s a down side. The down side here is that it isn’t often true that things really do go without a hitch.
There are always unforeseeable circumstances, most of them happening just before the planned project or event completes. Someone gets sick, a delivery is late, traffic problems, weather problems, cancelled venue, new government restrictions – it’s rare if something doesn’t happen to derail plans.
Betting on lucky is what you do when you buy a lottery ticket. You know it’s crazy odds, but you do it anyway. It’s probably silly, but it’s also hopeful. Please do keep that sense of hopefulness, but pair it with an extra dose of reality. Plan for the worst, and prepare – from your heart – for the best.
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Quote of the Week
“Luck has a way of evaporating when you lean on it.”
― Brandon Mull, Keys to the Demon Prison
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