Never Wish Luck

Yesterday, I participated in a half-marathon. Many of my friends, relatives, and close ones wished me luck. With all the best intentions they had, their approach was wrong.

Never wish luck to anyone.

It is external. By definition, it’s outside of control of individual counting on it. It’s almost as pointless as hope, with hoping for luck being the ultimate recipe for disappointment.

What to wish to someone about to set sails on a challenging voyage?

Wish them grind, because only when you pay the price, you appreciate the prize.
Wish them perseverance, because the way out is always deceptively easy.
Wish them resilience, because the bigger their challenge is, the more often they will fall.

All of these are within control of every single person, whether they realize it or not.

Grind, perseverance, and resilience allowed me to shave eleven minutes of my previous personal record yesterday.

Are you feeling lucky this Monday morning? Or ready to push forward?

You Will Fail

For whatever reasons, quite often wrong or misperceived, we all try to introduce some change. Be it about our own lives, our teams, or our whole organisations, we want to make things better. Rest assured, it is never easy. Change sucks, is painful, and sometimes requires unearthly amounts of willpower. And it’s when you only apply it to yourself! Thinking of your family, your team, or whatever bigger entity – you may as well start praying.

Because, at one moment or another, you will fail miserably. Continue reading “You Will Fail”