Better Luck THIS Time: Making Good Luck Happen

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Grant F. C. Gillard began keeping bees on the family farm in Glenville, Minnesota, after graduating from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, with a degree in Agriculture in 1981.

While in his sophomore year, seeking the easiest class possible to elevate his battered grade-point average, Grant ignored his advisor's derision and enrolled in a seemingly innocuous class entitled, "Entomology 222: Beekeeping," taught by a retired high school biology teacher and adjunct professor, Richard Trump.

Without grasping the potential blessings and lifelong implications this providential twist presented to his academic life, Grant was hopelessly inoculated with the desire to keep honey bees, which would later include visions of commercial aspirations.

Grant was active during his high school years at the First Presbyterian Church in Albert Lea, Minnesota, where he was baptized and ordained as a ruling elder. Returning to his home church after his college graduation, Grant's church members, along with the Rev. Elmer Bates, convinced him he'd make a better pastor than a farmer. Their encouragement spun his life in yet another improbable direction.

In 1987, Grant graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, with a Master's of Divinity degree. It was there he met another Presbyterian student, Kansas City native, Nancy Farris. They married in 1986 during their senior year at Fuller. He later obtained a Doctor of Ministry degree from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2000.

He's only served two congregations thus far in his twenty-six years of ordained ministry. With his newlywed wife, the two served as co-associate pastors at the White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church in Newark, Delaware. With a desire for more opportunities to preach and teach, Grant moved his young family to Jackson, Missouri in 1993 where he answered a call to serve as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church PC(USA). His active involvement over the past twenty years redefined his ministry as more of a community chaplain.

Grant combines his passion for beekeeping with his pastoral duties at the church. Grant currently operates around 200 hives and produces honey for local retail sales and farmer's markets in southeast Missouri. He also produces nucs, removes swarms and has published several other manuscripts on the topics of beekeeping and personal growth.

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Better Luck THIS Time: Making Good Luck Happen

Creating Favorable Situations for Better Outcomes

Authored by Grant F.C. Gillard

How is it that seemingly undeserving people are so successful, while those of us who work so hard and labor endlessly never attain our hopes and dreams? How do those other yo-yo's get so lucky? Is there anything I can do to make my luck improve?

Since we try so hard, it's easier to concede that luck is nothing more than chance, accident or fate. We too easily discount our abilities to attract luck because we dismiss luck as predetermined by fate or randomly received by chance.

Yet luck is no accident. Luck is opportunity meeting preparation. Rather than relying on four-leaf clovers and the amputated feet of dead rabbits, luck comes through an awareness of the opportunity and the timely positioning that comes through shrewd preparation. Life is overflowing with opportunities if we know how to find them, or conversely, how we prepare so they find us!

Better Luck THIS Time: Making Good Luck Happen explains that luck is life's opportunity meeting our preparation. And rather than being random, luck can be managed. Preparation involves positioning and timing. Opportunity is created with attitudes of optimism and expectation. We can make our own luck happen.

Rather than predetermined by fate or random like the wind, luck is something within the grasp of everyday people to apply to everyday events. We possess the ability to make luck a reality in our lives. We can make luck happen in our lives that we may accomplish more than we ever thought possible. Then others will look enviously at us and say, "Boy, they're lucky!"

There was a time in my life when I began to notice how some people were getting ahead of the rest of us. I looked around and I saw the most unlikely people achieving their goals and living their dreams, the same dreams I hoped to achieve for myself.

I couldn't account for the disparity between my results and their success. They seemed to be the luckiest people I ever met. I knew I was working hard, and just as hard as they were, but I was not receiving the same results.

The prevailing advice at the time was, "Don't work harder; work smarter." Yet these people I envied were not necessarily educated or smarter than anyone else. But they had more to show for their efforts. I simply concluded that they had to be lucky, and that luck simply eluded me.

But then I asked the question: Why can't I be lucky, too? What were they doing that made good luck happen for them? How is it that luck just seemed to shine down on their unworthy (my judgment) efforts.

I drew near to these people in an attempt to discover their secret. I was curious how these seemingly ordinary (and perhaps undeserving?) people achieved success when I worked so hard and I was just getting by. It had to be luck. I began to ask myself, how did they get so lucky? How can I help myself achieve those lucky breaks I always wish would happen?

As it turns out, I discovered luck is not a fluke of fate, an unexpected stroke of good fortune, or even a random chance event. Luck is preparation meeting opportunity, and preparation is no secret.

As you read the rest of this book, I'm going to show you how to prepare and make good luck happen to you. When we prepare, the ball is in our court. If you have the ball, you control the game. Good luck is not outside the realm of our control. It is something we can make happen, but there are specific things that we need to do in order to facilitate luck's benevolent visit.

Publication Date:
1482076640 / 9781482076646
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US Trade Paper
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6" x 9"
Black and White
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Philosophy / Mind & Body

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