Luck vs. Work

The other day I was talking to my sister on the phone who don't get to see very often. She is a junior in college right now and is working on getting her degree and finding the right thing to do with her life once she graduates. I am very proud of my sister for realizing that she is able to do anything she wants to do in life, this whole idea of "doing what you want" is not an option for many. Thinking about it now, this idea didn't click for me until I was a senior in college. For me to see my little sister taking the steps she needs to take to get where she wants in life, makes me really proud as a brother. I think that anyone can achieve what they want in life if they put the effort into getting there.

Anyway, while I was on the phone with my sister she brought something up that I have mixed feelings about. As I was telling her about me being 22 and living on my own, paying for all the things I have and supporting myself, she tells me I am "Lucky" to be where I am now. I don't think she meant this in an offensive way at all, but that word really doesn't fit into the reality of things. Was it luck that I decided to get into photography? Was it luck that I started to take it so serious? Was it luck that I began to go out and shoot all the time to get better? Was it luck that influenced me to buy better gear to be able to put out some of the work I do? Was it luck that I have taken huge risks to get where I am today? Luck?

I would have to say that me being where I am today is due to all of the work, time and effort I put into getting here. Luck may have a little bit to do with it all in certain areas, but luck is not the reason I am where I am today. When I look back at where I was, even just a little over a year ago, I am amazed at how much further I have come along. What a lot of people don't realize is that I am constantly doing things to allow myself to move forward. I don't just sit around and watch TV, hang out, sleep in, and go out with my friends all the time; I am able to understand the right time to do certain things so I do not get too distracted... I am one of the only people I know who wakes up every morning at 6am to go to the gym and get back before 8am so I can start working. I am one of the only people I know who would rather create something that I can be proud of rather than be distracted by all of my surroundings. I am one of the only people I know who is actually can do what they say. In the past year alone, I have learned how important it is to keep up with everything and be responsible when it comes to working as a freelance photographer. When people see the work I do, they do not see what went into achieving it; that will never be something someone else can fully understand aside from me. 

When it comes down to being lucky, I don't think that I am "Lucky" and I don't think that many other, much more successful people are "Lucky". I believe it is the effort they put in that gets them to where they are in life. Without that drive, without that passion, without that motivation, maybe they would be comfortable being normal. Maybe they wouldn't push themselves to work harder, do better and achieve what they want in life, but it is all a decision they make. They are able to handle the challenge and overcome any obstacle that comes there way to what makes them, them. In the end, I do believe that "Luck" plays a part in life, but I don't think that it is the reason for peoples success.