The harder you work the luckier you get.

I’ll take inspiration anywhere I can find it: books, podcasts, even Snapple caps. I have a Hang In There Kitty! poster on the back of my office door. Yesterday I found inspiration on Spotify. A song came on that grabbed my attention with the very first line. Both the music and the lyrics were energizing. It had a good beat, and I could dance to it. I give it a 10 Dick Clark.

Here are the lyrcis. If you click on title you can watch a live performance. And the band name is fun to say.

The Luckier You Get by American Aquarium

The harder you work, the luckier you get
The more you get done, boy, the less you’ll regret
Write it down so you never forget
The harder you work, the luckier you get
The harder you work, the luckier you get


When I turned thirteen, my old man sat me down
He said, “Boy, there’s only two ways out of this town
A Greyhound bus that’s boot camp-bound
Or put your nose is a book and keep your ear to the ground”


So I set off to college, but it weren’t for me
So I bought a guitar and started playin’ for free
Wrote a couple hundred bad ones ’til I had two or three
That I thought were good enough folks might pay me to sing


I’ve heard far less “Yes”s than I have “No”s
Seen far less highs than I have lows
I’d rather get to the top steady and slow
Than end up there too fast with nowhere to go


The harder you work, the luckier you get
The more you get done, boy, the less you’ll regret
Write it down so you never forget
The harder you work, the luckier you get
The harder you work, the luckier you get

Key Takeaway

If you want to improve your luck don’t pluck a 4-leaf clover or amputate a rabbit’s foot. Put in more work. Good things seem to keep happening over and over to those who do the most to help their own cause. Prepare for good things to happen. Hard work is like a net that catches good luck. The harder you work the bigger your net becomes. And bigger nets catch more and bigger luck.

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Adam Albrecht

Adam Albrecht is the Founder and CEO of the advertising and idea agency, The Weaponry. He believes the most powerful weapon on Earth is the human mind. He also authors two blogs: the Adam Albrecht Blog and Dad Says Daughter Says, a Daddy-Daughter blog he co-writes with his 14-year old daughter Ava. Adam can be reached at adam@theweaponry.com.

3 thoughts on “The harder you work the luckier you get.”

  1. Luck is at the corner of hard work and opportunity…or something like that. In college I interviewed my 90+ grandmother for a speech project. I am thankful the professor assigned that project. She said: “Work hard and play hard…be sure it is in the right order”

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  2. I completely share the idea…
    One question : what do you mean by « I give it a 10 Dick Clark » ?
    I am French and as I do translations, I try to get some idiomatic expressions to save to my vocabulary database.
    Thanks in advance for your answer.

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    1. Great question Fabienne. Dick Clark used to host a show in America called American Bandstand. On the show they would introduce new music, and some youngsters would judge the new music with a score and commentary. A 10 was the highest rating. And they would often say things like, ‘It had a nice beat, and I could really dance to it. So I’m giving it a 10!’ Hope this helps. It’s another silly pop culture reference I like to throw in my writings. And because it is a blog, no one is editing it out. Which is fun for me.

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