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St. Patrick's Day: Make your own luck

You could spend your life collecting four-leaf clovers and pennies that landed heads up, but there’s an easier way to feel lucky. A little perseverance and good attitude can take you a long way. Follow these simple tips to put your “luck” in your own hands.

1) Take a risk. It sounds like a simple idea, but it can play a huge part in making your own luck. Don’t fill yourself with doubts that would prevent you from trying something new, such as running for an elected position, trying out for a team or applying to your dream college.

Did you know? Before LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan was the face of NBA basketball and is still considered the greatest basketball player of all time. Long before his days with the Chicago Bulls, however, he was cut from his high school basketball team. Had he not kept playing basketball, even with the possibility he might fail again, he wouldn’t have become one of the world’s greatest athletes (or made the movie “Space Jam”).

2) Make the grade. Keeping a lucky penny in your pocket isn’t going to help you ace that French test you didn’t study for. Schedule time to study for your exams, or spend time with a tutor to get the grades you hope to achieve.

Did you know? Albert Einstein didn’t speak until he was four years old and didn’t read until he was seven, leading his teachers and parents to think he was mentally handicapped and antisocial. Had he accepted those assumptions as truth and not worked hard at learning, he would have never won the Nobel Prize and changed the face of modern physics.

3) Stay positive. Sometimes it’s really frustrating to hear people tell you that happiness is a choice, but it really is. Even if you’ve hit rock bottom, there is no place to go from there except up.

Did you know? John Grisham had his first novel rejected by 16 agents and 12 publishing houses. Grisham could have easily stopped trying, thinking his novel wasn’t any good according to those first 16 agents, but instead he stayed positive and hopeful and eventually became a best-selling novelist.

The moral of the story is to persevere through whatever life hands you. There’s always the possibility that things aren’t going to work out, but if you stay persistent, focus on your dream and never take no for an answer, you’ll end up in a place that you can be proud of. Even Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor who said he lacked ideas—and look at all of the movies he created!

To hear more about the power of failure, check out the September 2014 issue of Key Club magazine, which will be delivered to your club advisor this fall. Want to check out the most recent issue of Key Club magazine? Read this month’s digital issue now!
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