Campus Commons PT - March 2020



How often have you said “good luck” to a friend right before a big presentation, to a classmate before an exam, or to a teammate before a big game or meet? While there’s nothing wrong with saying that, I find it somewhat funny that we choose the phrase “good luck” in these instances. In my experience, when someone puts in the work and plans ahead, that effort goes a much longer way in generating success than luck ever could. I grew up playing organized sports, and for that reason, I’ve been kind of superstitious in the past. If you win a game in a certain uniform, you wear that uniform for the rest of the season because that’s obviously what led you and your team to victory. I’m sure many of the athletes reading this have had a lucky bat, a lucky pair of cleats, or something along those lines before. While it might make us rest a little easier having some luck on the playing field, we should never sell our hard work short. The number of hours you moved and worked in your lucky pair of shorts has a lot more to do with your success than the shorts themselves. Ironically, I don’t feel like luck ever helped me in sports. I do feel lucky to have the family I do and to have succeeded in my business, in spite

of the hard work my wife and I put into both of those things. While I haven’t gone about either area of my life perfectly, my family and my career are two of the biggest examples of how hard work and determination go a long way to ensure success. Sheer luck alone couldn’t be responsible for it. Luck can also be a matter of perspective. We’ve all had that one friend who seems to always have good things happen to them. What’s more is that beyond the luck, they have a consistently cheerful demeanor, which makes them seem even luckier. When bad things happen to them, they find a way to turn their struggles “I DON’T THINK SOMEONE IS ‘LUCKY’ TO GET INTO THEIR DREAM COLLEGE OR PT SCHOOL, THOUGH. MAYBE A LITTLE LUCK CAME INTO PLAY THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS, BUT BY AND LARGE, THOSE ACHIEVEMENTS TAKE HARD WORK, NOT LUCK.” into valuable and beneficial experiences. What might seem like random good fortune is really just a positive perspective on the normal ups and downs of life.

While I think hard work and perspective go a lot further in explaining success than luck does, luck probably still does exist. People win the lottery, and that’s something like a 7 million- in-1 chance. I don’t know how hard work or perspective would ever fit into that. But I don’t think someone is “lucky” to get into their dream college or PT school, though. Maybe a little luck came into play throughout the process, but by and large, those achievements take hard work, not luck. When we say “good luck” to our friends and family, most of us probably just mean we’re hoping the best for them. If they studied for weeks for their test, put in the hours at practice, or meticulously prepared for their presentation, well, it doesn’t seem like luck has much to do with their success.

–Mark Eddy

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