On Luck, Shortcuts, Happiness and Success

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Providence Group Realty TREC# 0608931
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In honor of Saint Patrick's Day this year, we are taking time to reflect on one of our favorite Irish Proverbs: "The longest road out is the shortest road home."

The meaning of the phrase is that it is better to do something right the first time, even if it seems like a more difficult path to engage up front. (Think back to the fairy tales of childhood, and recall the sage advice about the danger in taking shortcuts.)

The Roman philosopher, Seneca, defined luck as "what happens when preparation meets opportunity."

Doing things the right way isn't always popular or sexy, especially when the "time equals money" mantras resound amidst late-night get-rich-quick schemes and a daily barrage of "hacks" parading across media channels.

But the right thing to do is always the right thing to do. Nothing replaces the hard work of making one's own luck.

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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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What a wonderful "take" on the luck factor. You got the right 'Tude on this one Amanda. Even my Irish mother would agree. Happy St. Patrick's Day.  May the road rise before you and the wind be a your back. 

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Mar 17, 2018 11:24 AM #1
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Bruce Walter
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Amanda, perhaps we need to change that phrase often attributed to big plays with Notre Dame football from "The Luck of the Irish"   to:

 

                       "Hard work and preparation pay off once again!"

 

(hope all is well with you and your family in the Metroplex!)

Mar 17, 2018 11:38 AM #2
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Amanda,

What a lovely post, and we happily agree with you.  Wishing you a wonderful weekend and Happy Saint Patrick's Day.  A

Mar 17, 2018 12:52 PM #3
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Carol Williams
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Hi Amanda,
I had never heard that Irish Proverb but I really like it, with your explanation.

Mar 17, 2018 02:27 PM #4
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Bob Crane
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Hi Amanda,  Thanks for sharing this Irish proverb.  There is nothing better than doing things right the first time.  Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Mar 17, 2018 06:43 PM #5
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Beth Atalay
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Hi Amanda, this is the first time I've heard of this Irish Proverb, like it a lot. Thanks for sharing.

Mar 20, 2018 05:58 AM #6
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John Juarez
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In my business, and in my life, I always remember the value of doing things the right way.

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