Where does success come from?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Every year, we celebrate the “luck of the Irish”, but where does St. Patrick’s Day actually originate?

According to Wikipedia:

(Saint) Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Much of what is known about Saint Patrick comes from the Declaration, which was allegedly written by Patrick himself. It is believed that he was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church.

According to the Declaration, at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland. It says that he spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he "found God". The Declaration says that God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest.

According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. The Declaration says that he spent many years evangelizing in the northern half of Ireland and converted "thousands". Patrick's efforts against the druids were eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove "snakes" out of Ireland (Ireland never had any snakes).

Tradition holds that he died on 17 March and was buried at Downpatrick. Over the following centuries, many legends grew up around Patrick and he became Ireland's foremost saint.

The story doesn’t actually sound “lucky” to me at all. The Leprechaun however, is derived from a type of fairy of the Aos Si in Irish folklore. They’re usually depicted as little bearded men, wearing a coat and hat, which partake in mischief. They are solitary creatures who spend their time making and mending shoes and have a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If captured by man, they often grant three wishes to exchange for their freedom, thus denoting, “the luck of the Irish.”

But really – does luck exist? The only thing I think I ever really got LUCKY with was meeting my husband. He is a blessing and a stroke of luck I had no control over. Everything else in my life, I’ve worked really hard to achieve, as I know you have too.

See related article: How to get what you really want.

Tell me, how do you feel when someone tells you that you’re so lucky. Do you agree with them, smile and move on your way, or do you – like me, feel a small rise of indignity – and know that what you have, you have worked really hard to achieve?

You worked for your education, you worked for your promotion, and you worked hard to make enough money to move to the neighborhood you want. You work hard to stay in shape; you work hard for the money you make to go on vacation.

Nobody has ever walked up to you and handed you a vacation or a promotion without any effort going into it at all.

Even lottery winners aren’t as lucky as they seem. According to fortune.com, 1/3 of lottery winners actually declare bankruptcy – meaning they wind up worse off than before they became rich.

There’s only one tried and true way to make things happen and that’s by working hard, getting bruised and bloody and making things work out in your favor. That means never stopping when it gets hard or giving up when the road is no longer paved.

Perseverance and hard work are the only tried and true ways to really achieve your goals. The clarity and acceptance to understand that process is a gift that not everyone has – that’s why when you look around at your life, you may only be able to identify 1 or 2 really successful “lucky” people.

You’ve heard the saying, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” That’s ultimately true and that’s generally what leads successful people to unparalleled levels.

So do you want to be a successful person or do you want to be a person who gives in when the going gets tough?

The choice is all yours and if you’re waiting to catch a leprechaun to make that decision, I wish you the greatest of “luck”. My kids have been trying to catch one for years and never have.

Plus, we’d probably all wish to end up rich and we now know where the lottery takes us, so if you do catch a leprechaun – think about your three wishes very carefully!

Happy St. Patty’s Day to you all!