The Way of the Rabbit’s Foot

By Bob Rausch, Ph.D.

“Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will, but remember it didn’t work for the rabbit”
Shay, R. E.

Having a lucky break in any business is wonderful. Of course you know that if you have ever experienced the thrill of something coming to you out of the blue. Something you never expected but dearly needed.

Although those lucky “happening” are spectacular you wouldn’t want to spend time waiting on them and especially not depend on them for your creative success. People who hope for or depend on the lucky break use their creativity in the wrong way. John Ruskin said, “The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.” Having the right attitude produces the thrill in creativity. Here are four Attitudes of Energy.

1. Activity creates luck – Luck is where preparation and opportunity meet. Sam Goldwyn said, “The harder I work the luckier I get.”
2. Creativity is energizing; Make it a priority – When you love what you do and spend time doing it you energize your life.
3. Never quit – defeat cannot be an option – “Victory belongs to those who believe in it the most and believe in it the longest.” Jimmy Doolittle. Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.
4. Go the extra mile – When you want something you’ve never had you must do something you’ve never done. Les Brown encourages us to remember that “the man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.”

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