Do you ever look at other people and wonder how they manage to get all the luck when it comes to the world of work?
It's as if when they fart a rainbow of fortune follows in their wake.
We all know these people and you would have to be a saint not to get the occasional twinge of envy but here's the thing. To a certain degree I think you can make your own luck and I certainly think I've made a lot of mine.
|I should be so lucky-Rubbish make your own luck|
Years ago when I graduated from university with a media degree (later described by the Guardian as the most useless degree it was possible to gain) I couldn't turn a corner without bumping into someone who had landed an amazing work placement because their dad was best friends with a film director or who has stumbled into a researcher role on Eastenders because the producer had given a talk at their exclusive all girls school.
As the product of a polytechnic education and with no one in my inner circle having any connection with TV (other than watching it) I would sometimes curse my humble beginnings.
So how did I counteract this? One word-Perseverance.
I was first in, brightest eyed, bushiest tailed, and I found the harder I worked, the luckier I became.
I've always been a great believer in setting out goals, writing them down no matter how unachievable they seem and then visualising every step it will take to get there. Its like a mantra.
I fill whole notebooks with dreams, aspirations, maps of where I want life to go. The physical act of writing it down seems to make it more tangible. More real. Ive written it, so it can happen.
|Directing a video shoot in LA for Sony sometime in the early 2000's|
I trained as a director at the BBC and was the only non public school educated person on the trainee scheme.Did I feel I had to work harder because I was working class? no I worked harder because I wasn't going to piss any opportunities up the wall, not when I would be paying my student loans off for five years. Self belief, positivity and hard work is a heady mix and you will be amazed how far it can take you.
|Motherhood signaled a new career|
After 15 years of working my way up to Senior Producer at Granada and film and TV projects manager at Sony I was ready for a change.
I had a baby, the long hours on set didn't fit well with motherhood so I decided self employment was the way forward.I had always wanted to be my own boss and needed a job which would creatively fulfill me, pay the bills and fit in with childcare (a fairly tall order)
|I had always dreamed of writing and having written scripts for years knew I had some ability so I just did exactly what I had done before. I got on with it and worked really hard until my luck changed. I wrote for free, I blogged like a demon and one tiny piece in the Guardian caught the eye of a book publisher who offered me a book deal. I made my own luck with a combination of self belief and hard work and if I can do it anyone can.I now work full time as a writer, blogger and social media manager and still get to pick up my little girl from school.|
|posing next to my book in Waterstones|
Writing my blog also led me and my husband to design our own range of plus size tee shirts and the Nicky Rockets brand goes from strength to strength.Its all about hard work and grasping opportunities.
|Seeing my brand on the catwalk-another dream fulfilled (with a lot of hard work)|
That's not to say that sometimes you can't feel your luck has run out, or you are experiencing a time of misfortune ( a few years ago I had to change my pen name after someone copyrighted it, the same month my Nan died and I got my tax bill which was more money than I had-we refer to it as "hell week") but if you get knocked down, get up again, no one said it would be easy, Accept that there is no such thing as an easy ride.
Most people who appear to lead a charmed life are like swans, gliding along in a serene fashion but working like a demon underneath the surface.
Make a list of your dreams, promise yourself you will do everything in your gift to help realise them, work like a banshee and then sit back and let the good fortune start to roll in.
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