The Prompt – Lucky

The Prompt for this week is a quote and it is:

Calvin: You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don’t help.

Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes




We have a saying in our house “The harder I work, the luckier I get”.

It stems from the criticism Hubbie and I received when we started our own business and began to do well.  We often heard phrases like ‘you’re lucky’ or “it’s alright for you but…” and worst of all this criticism came from our nearest and dearest, the very people that should support us.


The thing is, nothing we have achieved ever came from luck it came from determination, hard work and often sheer bloody mindedness. We have never been given any more opportunities than the next person and we certainly weren’t born with silver spoons in our mouths but we had ambition and knew we always wanted that little bit more from life.


From what I have discovered it is a particularly British thing to support the underdog and frown on people who succeed, which is probably why we fit in well here in North America where the ‘good for you’ attitude is abundant.  I, like my fellow Canadians, enjoy watching people do well and succeed.  I love to see my family and friends live a happy life no matter what they choose to do with it.  We are all different after all and what makes us happy is different.  No particular way is better than any other it’s what suits you and makes you happy that is important.


We don’t have the life we do because we were wearing our lucky rocket ship underpants, it’s because it we worked hard for it, we took risks and they paid off.


9 thoughts on “The Prompt – Lucky

  1. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    I cant help but notice that we do join the same linky!

    I am so glad that you are doing well with business & with life in general. Canada is really an awesome country as I know some of people from there. My son’s godmother and a close friend of mine lives there.

    Your story is wee bit inspiring. I am struggling with the family business cuz it sinply wont take off. I hope I can work out how to make it a sucess too.


  2. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    I like that phrase, the harder you work the luckier you get, couldn’t agree more. I’ve often been told I’m lucky, but I’ve always worked really hard for anything that has brought me ‘luck’! I do believe you make your own luck. And, I also agree that the mindset over here (not to lump Americans and Canadians together…) is much more positive and encouraging of that drive to do well. Great post Lou, thanks for linking to #ThePrompt x

  3. becky

    I know exactly where you are coming from with the negative-ness from those nearest, when I started my blog (not that long ago i think its been 2/3 months now) a family member said ”oh you do know that your website sounds like porn…i think you will get all the wrong people looking, it wont do well”…I was gutted, upset and devastated that my own family werent even there to support me! I dont think any of my family visit the blog and its gutting that they arent there to support me through my first few months, not that im expecting them to check in every day, or every week even, but just a comment to say well done really pi**es me off!

    Any way enough of THAT rant, great post! I believe you make your own ”luck” work hard and you shall reap the rewards! XxX

    1. Lou Post author

      Such a shame that they can’t be more supportive. I think your name sums up your family and doesn’t for a second imply anything icky! Ignore the negativity 🙂

  4. Sam

    This is more or less what I was trying to say too Lou. It’s rubbish that us Brits have this mentality – it seems to stem from jealousy and the desire to get something for nothing. It makes you wonder how these cultural attitudes become so widespread – I guess the media is to blame. #theprompt

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