I met Sofia (not her real name) on a train from Milan to Monaco.
She was on her way to the University to take an entrance exam for the study of Psychology. Her father, like mine, is an engineer and, like mine also, kids her about her interest in such a “soft” subject.
And still, she is on her way to take the third of three exams this week.
As she got off at her stop and I wished her luck on her test, I was reflecting on how we make our own luck.
If Sofia passes her test, attends the university, studies Psychology, and goes on to be a Psychologist, one could say she was just lucky to be one of the 500 out of 2,800 accepted into the program. More correctly, I believe, is she made that “luck” happen for herself.
- She resisted he family’s pressure to study something more tangible.
- She didn’t go out partying the night before her tests.
- She got herself up early and took a train to another city three times in a week to take grueling exams designed to weed out the majority of entrants.
Simple actions yet all significant when talking about luck. Each action was a choice and in all those cases, she chose the behaviors that would eventually lead to her dream.
If she is accepted to the program, I have no doubt she will “create more luck” for herself by studying hard, staying focused, and choosing behavior that supports the fruition of that luck. Some day someone who believes circumstances determine our future will tell her she is lucky to be a Psychologist.
She will know luck was hers for the making.