Quote du Jour
“ Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure. ”
Do you consider yourself Lucky or Fortunate?
A lot of of my folks often said to me that I was lucky. They pointed to my lovely kind of life style, my beautiful relationship and my success in business idea, writing strength, my days as a student activist that how lucky I am.
In the last few years, I challenged my folks once in a while by saying I considered myself more “fortunate” than lucky. I was fortunate to be born in a free country like Nigeria. I was fortunate to have loving and supportive families. I was fortunate to get a good education and experience good health. And I was fortunate to have been motivated and industrious enough to create the life of my dreams.
For me, “lucky” just doesn’t quite cover it. The distinction between lucky and fortunate may not be huge, but I think it’s worth thinking about.
There’s a certain amount of luck—both good and bad—that comes to everyone. There’s chance in everything we do—and don’t do. But I also believe that good fortune favors the fertile, open and expectant mind. At some level we create our lives and what we bring into it—at least most of it.
I’m exceptionally grateful for the many wonderful things I have in my life. And I believe that if we learn to appreciate more of what we already have in this country, we’ll find ourselves having even more to appreciate. It’s certainly been true for me. So, not all the time must we wait for the Government whom are epileptic in actions and ideas.
But I still prefer the word fortunate rather than lucky. Lucky sounds like you have no part in it. It’s the luck of the draw, the turn of a card or the random stop of the wheel. Fortunate—at least for me—feels more appreciative as well as more participatory.
I encourage you to practice gratefulness. And I wish you good fortune. One of the ways to prepare yourself for good fortune is to learn skills and acquire tools to increase your performance and productivity.
And there’s no better way to Keep Nigeria Alive that I know of than obeying the rule of LOVE, so we can sustain unity in Nigeria.
Fakorode O Kayode