Fortune Cookie say…
Chinese food last night. Shrimp fried pineapple rice – my favorite. Of course, most Chinese food is accompanied by fortune cookies, I love fortune cookies – the best part of this meal shared with my family is the reading of the fortunes. I purposefully make my children select their own cookies – which fortune cookie they select is their own choice.
I am hopeful that someday they will see the connection, the reality of this concept. That we choose our own fortunes. Of course, it is fun to see fortunes that say, “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain” or “Doors will be opening for you in many areas of your life.” Last night, my fortune stated, “All your experiences will lead you to much work.” No fortune has ever been truer. It’s fun to go back and read a fortune or two from a while back and see if anything similar or real has come to pass. And of course it has, for many fortunes are written in a way that they would fit into anyone’s plan, anyone’s future who is striving for success.
Random success stories are rarely really random.
The way you hear about these stories might be random and sometimes success is a matter of being in the right place – right time. But typically, it is because of a great idea(s) and/or a lot of hard work. Fortune is not the same as luck. We often say “We feel very lucky” or “I am very fortunate.” What it boils down to is recognizing when the work, the ideas, the connections, and perhaps star alignment all come together to create a story of success.
Hard Work Brings Results
Epic wait service at a restaurant can bring a plentiful tip. A good idea can lead to an new incredible software or new tech company. Hard work brings results. I can honestly say that truly understanding the value of hard work has escaped me at different times in my life. Sometimes, it just seemed like very hard work. Phrases like, “practice makes perfect,” “try, try again,” “put your nose to the grindstone and shoulder to the wheel” sometimes seem like nonsense and seriously less than motivating or uplifting.
The impetus we need each day to succeed or merely get done what needs to get done doesn’t come from a little piece of paper wrapped in a delicious cookie. It comes from within. Sometimes you just need to pick at it slowly with a pair of fine chopsticks, making sure you do not miss one grain of rice or one step in the success process. That door sometimes creaks so slowly open that we might miss it if we are less than observant or too eager or too big for our britches.
Andrew Carnegie stated, “People who cannot motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.” I am not content with mediocrity, are you?