The Moak Law Firm March 2019

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How to Really Get What You Want in Life

I ’ve never considered myself to be a lucky person. To be fair, this is because I don’t believe in the concept of luck. I’ve found that people who believe their fate is determined by luck usually don’t fare well when faced with life’s hard circumstances. If your plan is “Maybe I’ll get lucky,” then you don’t have a plan at all. Too many people miss out on what they want in life because they say things like, “The stars haven’t aligned,” or “I’m just waiting for my ship to come in.” That’s like saying they’re waiting on a fairy to leave something on their doorstep! Luck doesn’t get anyone anywhere in life. It’s hard to get what you want out of life, but it’s possible if you put in the effort. If someone just started making a plan rather than saying they were unlucky, I think more people would be successful. A lot of struggles come from people only ever reacting to things. They bounce around like they’re inside a pinball machine, getting thrown from one crisis to the next. This is what happens when you don’t take the time to determine what you want and how to get there with what you have. A great example of this is budgeting. If you look for advice on how to get on top of your finances, or even how to get your whole life in order, the first step many experts suggest is to make a budget. Working on a budget is a great way to get an overview of your whole situation and chart a course for where you want to go. But despite its proven benefits, few people ever make any sort of budget. With no map, they just drift around, rushing to clean up every crisis or unfortunate circumstance. When I talk about making a budget, I’m not just referring to managing your finances. Having a budget can also mean managing your day in order to spend time with your loved one or making a plan to achieve your goals. One of the biggest things I’ve ever

“Luck doesn’t get anyone anywhere in life.”

budgeted for was having my own business. I didn’t just want to be a lawyer — I wanted to be a lawyer who ran his own firm, and I never would have got there if I relied on luck to do the heavy lifting. Years ago, I sat down and looked at what owning my own business would demand. I learned that there’s a big price tag involved and that not everything about owning your own business is roses. There are plenty of challenges that make you wonder if it’s worth it. But if you weigh it all and you figure out how to get the benefits without too much of the bad stuff, then owning your own business is great. But you won’t get there unless you plan for it. I’m not saying budgeting for anything in life is easy. It takes time and dedication. Sometimes you have to revise your plan halfway through. It’s hard! This is why whatever you’re planning for should be about more than just being in charge or paying the bills. You need to work for something in life that you feel good about. When you go to sleep at night, you should have a feeling of accomplishment, that the work you do is worthwhile. I don’t believe in luck, but I will say I am fortunate to have that good feeling. That feeling is the reason I was willing to work so hard for so long to build my business to where it is today. That feeling will do more for you than any amount of shooting stars or lucky clovers.

–Walter E. “Pete” Moak

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