All posts tagged: Lucky

Getting Lucky

I used to work for a person who was a total jerk but gave me some sound career and life advice: You create your own luck. While there are numerous factors which may impede both our daily and long-term pursuits (race, gender, class, disability, etc.), we can always be our best selves. As someone who is motivated, though often scared of truly putting myself out there, sometimes I seem to get in the way of my own potential. I second guess my ability and worry about what people may think of me or my work, and as a result, I usually play it safe. But if you pay attention to many of those with successful careers who weren’t born with immense privilege (Queen Oprah comes to mind), at one point – or more like many – they put it all on the line. They certainly got lucky when making their way to the top, but they had to work hard to get lucky. What is required of someone who creates their own luck? They’re assertive, confident, and driven. They are unflappable and unafraid …

Giving Thanks

I’m thankful for the roof over my head. I’m grateful for my loving family and friends who accept me for who I am. I’m happy that I can finally call Los Angeles my new home. I’m glad that I’m still so very in love with the place I came from and am fortunate enough to return often. I’m thankful for being so lucky. I’m grateful to have access to a quality education. I’m appreciative of all of the generous people in my life. I’m both lucky and grateful to have access to water, plumbing, food, and healthcare. I’m thankful for every positive moment I’ve ever shared with a stranger or a loved one. Though some of us are more fortunate than others, we all have at least one thing we can be thankful for. And for those of us lucky enough to have many reasons to be grateful, we should be conscious of our advantages. This Thanksgiving, I recommend doing something for someone else. Whether that means volunteering at a homeless shelter or simply helping your host with the dishes, be sure to show someone that you’re thankful …