Statements like, “You’re so lucky you get to work from home” and “Oh, I wish I was lucky enough to be my own boss” really bother me because it completely discounts the amount of hard work that goes into making opportunities happen in one’s life.
Luck has almost nothing to do with someone being their own boss or making their business a success.
That mother working from home to be there for her family isn’t lucky.
She has taken risks and invested countless hours of hard work to get herself into a position to create that life for herself and her family.
She’s not doing anything that you couldn’t do yourself if you really wanted to.
One such mother who comes to mind is Staging Diva Grad Laura Kakoschke of Hunter Lake Home Staging and Design.
Laura isn’t “lucky” because she’s able to work from home and home school her three children while she earns more money than she ever did working her fancy government job.
Laura made this happen by setting herself up to succeed in a business based on her natural talent for decorating.
Laura did her research and took the home staging training program that would suit her needs and allow her to build a profitable business. Then she put what she learned to use.
It was smart marketing tactics (like being listed on the highly trafficked Staging Diva Directory of Home Stagers) rather than luck that helped Laura get the projects she needed to make this career work.
It wasn’t luck, but what she learned about properly pricing her home staging services that allowed Laura to start making more money than she did working in management position with the government.
Just like it’s foolish to wish you could win the lottery even though you don’t buy tickets (and actually even if you do), you can’t waste your life wishing you could fire your boss and go into business for yourself unless you make a move to make that happen.
Being in the right place at the right time can play some part in the success of a business, but mostly it’s commitment, hard work and doing something you’re passion about that will let you make your own “luck” in this world.
What are you going to do with your future?
Will you leave it to luck, or will you work hard to create the life you want to be living?
Home stagers, am I the only one bothered by someone saying “oh it’s different for you,” or chalking success and lifestyle up to luck?
Now that you’re in your own business doing something you love, do you hear this from others too? How do you react?
I’d love to hear what you think, please leave a comment below and we’ll discuss!