Our first grade classroom photo was taken on St. Patrick’s Day. I was the only one who wasn’t decked out in green that day. Mom had just made me a beautiful red and white dress, and I guess that seemed like a better choice for such a formal photo.
Guess who got pinched that day? Guess who stood out in the photo?
Maybe this was an early hint of rebellion.
Or maybe I didn’t believe that I would really have bad luck if I didn’t wear green. After all, I had been pretty darned lucky to that point.
I was lucky to have been born into a healthy, loving family that always had plenty of food on the table. I was lucky to be in a safe school where parents cared about a decent education for their children – an education that eludes so much of the world’s population.
Later, I would be lucky to have a higher education and the continued support of my parents along the way.
What I did with that luck was up to me.
Luck had little to do with the success of my business, and it has little to do with the success of your art career regardless of whether you feel lucky, were born into luck, or are convinced you are unlucky.
I’m fond of quoting what our third president had to say about luck:
I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
― Thomas Jefferson
When you work hard and take action toward your goals, you put yourself in a better position for luck to find you.
Why Some Artists Seem Luckier Than You
Have you ever observed that many artists whose work is on par with your own seem to have luck on their side? Chances are good that they worked for that luck.
I’ve included here a few of the reasons for their good fortune so you can emulate their success and duplicate their luck.