I’m often told that I’m lucky to be in my current financial position because my situation or circumstances are abnormal. Well shit. I damn well better be abnormal because being another plebian is not a life choice that I’m looking to make for my financial future.
Luck is in my experience a misrepresentation of manufactured opportunities through years of effort and meticulous planning.
- A gym membership in NYC is on average going to cost about $100 dollars a month with a corporate discount and a one-to-two year contract. I’m paying $30 dollars a month without a contract and the ability to opt-out anytime.
- This opportunity came about because I like to collect licenses in my spare time. I will generally go through almost any hoop or obstacle to obtain a greater degree of legal authority. Thus, in my spare time I obtained a Business Teacher License with the New York State Department of State for giggles. Now most people wondered why I would bother with something so random and I honestly couldn’t give them an answer. But, because I was willing to constantly plan for the future and forge ahead this discount opportunity arose. NYS Dept of Education laid-off a large percentage of their teachers and the major gym club in NYC offered a 70% lifetime discount for a limited time. My license allowed me to capitalize on this random offer because it was a manufactured opportunity through my efforts.
- An apartment that costs $350 dollars a month in the Upper East Side with utilities and internet included has been called “lucky.”
- This opportunity came because I have good credit and I’ve been stalking Craigslist for years as a developed habit in order to capitalize on serendipitous deals that occasionally pop-up. By being diligent and continuously persistent I was able to manufacture this opportunity for myself through preparation. I was the first person to see the advertisement and I had my papers (tax returns, bank statements, credit check and etc.) ready to sign the lease in the same day.
- A high performance laptop worth $1,800 dollars was purchased for $200 dollars cash and miscellaneous stuff that I didn’t want.
- This opportunity came again because I developed the habit of checking Craigslist habitually and pounced on the offer immediately for purchase in cash.
Luck isn’t something that is magically gifted to certain people. It is the result of our personalities, behaviors and habits, thus they’re manufactured opportunities. Obviously, there will always be instances were luck is truly the only explanation, but for a majority of instances you’ll have to work for the chances we get.