Speech On Luck

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“The harder I work, the luckier I get.” We’ve all heard stories about people who seemed to be the recipients (deserving or not) of incredible luck. They were at a party and heard cocktail chatter about a fantastic job opportunity. They fortuitously knew a guy who knew a guy, etc.

The first century Roman philosopher Seneca said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” A lot of folks have echoed that sentiment over the millennia. Luck favors those who don’t depend upon it. Sure, some things are mostly about luck. Las Vegas comes to mind. But mostly, we must make our own luck by taking advantage of every opportunity we recognize or create.

If you think you’re lucky, you’ll be lucky. The lucky guy who heard about the dream job at the party may have been lucky because he
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You’re in a job or that’s disappearing. Technology, automation or a reduction in forces are eliminating thousands of military jobs. Your skills may have become obsolete, or soon will.
4. You are bored. Your military job holds no meaning or gives no fulfillment. You have a pervasive sense of emptiness and discontent because work doesn’t satisfy your fundamental desires or personal needs.
5. Your job is just a paycheck. You do your job well. You’re successful at it, and you feel secure. But there is no upward advancement. The thought of doing this job for another 10 or 20 years is depressing.
If any of the above describes you, then you need a Career Plan. The best thing about working on your Plan is that you begin to feel like you’re taking control of your career and your future. As I mentioned earlier, one of the worst aspects of being either jobless or unhappy in your job is the sense that your life has spiraled out-of-control. Your Career Plan is the most effective way I know for you to get that control back.

You might be thinking, “That sounds nice, Phil, but I need a job, like, yesterday. I don’t have the luxury of making a long-range plan. I’ve got to pay the rent next
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