The other night I went to a formal event for the 75th
Anniversary of the American Club of Lisbon. It was a lovely Gala at the Hotel
Palacio in Estoril with maybe 150 people gathered for dinner and dancing.
Before dessert was served someone came by offering
raffle tickets for the 6 or 7 prizes to be given away in support of charity. My
partner and I bought 8 out of the 348 tickets that were sold.
At the last three consecutive Gala events we had
attended, we won two round trip tickets to New York on Delta (the only prize
given that evening), then two nights in a sumptuous suite at the glamorous
Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, and at the last event, we won a lovely
weekend at the 5-star Royal Obidos Ocean & Golf Resort.
Before the drawing began at this latest Gala, people
were coming up to me and jokingly making comments like, “if you win again, we
are never coming back”, or “can I sit next to you? Maybe some of that luck will
rub off”, and the best of all, “if your number is called, we will burn you at
the stake”. I laughed and waited for them to call my name.
When our numbers were drawn, not once but TWICE, I
needed a garlic necklace to ward away the evil eyes as I walked up to the stage
to claim the prizes. I may be jinxing myself by writing this, but I want to
share with you what I believe accounts for my extraordinary “luck.”
It is based on the belief in the pseudoscientific law
of attraction, which claims that directed thoughts can change a person's life.
Counting my blessings has been essential, reminding me of what's already great
about my life. Visualisation has gotten me some good prizes and forced me to
pay attention to what I really desire, but thus far the Universe has been too
busy to deliver the buyer for that €10 million house I listed last month.
“Luck” is a determined mindset that is often
accompanied by tremendous work and effort. The concept of luck is a
misunderstood thing. We often relate luck to chance. There is an element of
random chance that puts certain opportunities in front of us and we call this
“catching a lucky break”, but that alone is not sufficient.
Being prepared increases the odds that an opportunity
will yield positive results because you have the mindset, you have built the
skills, infrastructure, work ethic, or whatever it takes to maximize the
opportunity. You’re ready to make the most of everything in front of you
because you have the right pieces already in place. And when that chance
opportunity arrives, you can apply your preparation to convert potential into
A good example of this is Arnold Palmer, one of the
greatest golfers ever. He said “The more I practice the luckier I get”, because
his practice has prepared him to seize the moment, and the more frequently this
happens, the luckier he seemed to be. If that’s the case, then we can all be
lucky by creating more opportunities and refining our skills.
I have experienced the same “luck” with the success I
have had with my company in Portugal. The greatest prize I´ve ever won happened
this November. Brightman Group won Best Single Luxury Real Estate Agency
in Portugal from Luxury Lifestyle Awards, an International organization that
celebrates and promotes the best luxury goods and services worldwide. This
recognition came only five years after moving to Portugal and entering one of
the most competitive Real Estate markets in Europe. It is true that I was in
the right place at the right time, and for this, I feel very lucky. Portugal has
been one of the best decisions of my life.
Against all odds, here I created a vision for myself
and forged it into reality with grit, fierce determination, and the ability to
grow, adapt, and learn quickly from my mistakes. Looking back at the struggles,
the sacrifices, and the long hours put into making this dream a reality, I know
that “luck” had little to do with it.
I´d love to hear from you about the role luck has played
in your life. You can write to me at . If you have
suggestions for other topics you would like to talk about I´m open to
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