When Irish immigrants came to America, some became wealthy as gold miners, so the phrase “luck of the Irish” became a phrase that some people used rather literally, meaning that it was very lucky that some struck gold and became rich. However, it was also a time when Irish immigrants experienced a lot of prejudice in America, so some people used the phrase to suggest that they weren’t smart enough to get rich by their own brainpower, so they must have been “lucky”.
Another view of Irish luck is that it’s bad luck. After all, the Irish have endured a lot of hardship from invasion, persecution and natural disasters affecting their agriculture. But the optimistic view is, “If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky enough!”
A lot of people have pondered the concept of luck, and here are some notable quotes to add to what we know about it:
“I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” ― Thomas Jefferson
“Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“People always call it luck when you’ve acted more sensibly than they have.” ― Anne Tyler
“Here's the thing about luck...you don't know if it's good or bad until you have some perspective.” ― Alice Hoffman, Local Girls
“Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.” ― Garrison Keillor, Lake Wobegon U.S.A.
“Sometimes not getting what you want is a brilliant stroke of luck.” ― Lorii Myers, Make It Happen, A Healthy, Competitive Approach to Achieving Personal Success
How much do you believe has happened in your own life because of luck – good or bad? Or, how much do you believe your hard work has created good luck for you and how much do you think your lack of action or negative action has created bad luck? It’s a challenging question to think about, and if you’re honest with yourself, you have a lot of power to create more “good luck” in your life.
If you have a goal you have been putting off or a change you want to make in your life, today could be your lucky day! Commit to taking one step toward the goal today and another one tomorrow. One day at a time, with consistent effort, you will find you have more and more lucky days!
Live, Work and Relate Well!