What comes first: the opportunity or the preparation? Luck or the courage to act? In this summary of "Luck Follows Courage!", you will see the importance of having courage to prepare for what may come!
If you want to advance in every field of your life, especially in your career or business, it is essential to know exactly how courage can bring what many call "luck".
The author Mário Sérgio Cortella shows that courage turns your projects into reality and creates opportunities for development.
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The book "A Sorte Segue a Coragem!: Oportunidades, competências e tempos de vida", "Luck Follows Courage!: Opportunities, skills and life time" in free translation, by Mário Sérgio Cortella, was published on 26 March 2018, by Planeta.
The book features 192 pages that address the importance of developing a deeper form of courage and how this action can create better opportunities.
Widely read by leaders and professionals in many fields, this book is recognized for its simple, everyday approach to turn big dreams into reality.
Mário Sérgio Cortella is a philosopher, writer, speaker, commentator, and professor at PUC-SP. The author has a master's and a doctorate degree in education and is one of the most requested speakers in Brazil.
Cortella has over 30 works published in Brazil and other countries. Some of his books are:
Cortella's teachings in "Luck Follows Courage!" can be of great benefit to leaders, entrepreneurs, professionals in the area of human resources, educators, and others related to the field of personal and professional development.
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In this summary, we will show how the courage to prepare for opportunities always comes before what people usually call luck. Let's see the details now?
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The author Mário Sérgio Cortella shows that the term luck is often used as justification and addresses the importance of deeper courage to act.
It's not enough to wait forever for lucky situations. It is only possible to generate and enjoy favorable conditions when people prepare for it.
In other words, it is necessary to create the proper conditions to deal with promising occasions (often considered as luck).
Courage should be understood as a force developed in a conscious and organized manner, which leads to taking advantage of the opportunities that arise. That is why courage comes before luck.
Often the term "bad luck" is used to justify failure itself and the term "good luck" is used to explain the success of others. However, people hardly do the reverse.
The term "good luck" is never used to explain our success. Likewise, "bad luck" is not a term used to justify someone else's failures. What almost everyone forgets, however, is that "luck" is simply tied to talent.
Mário Sérgio Cortella emphasizes that there is no point in having a lucky situation when there is no proper orientation or tendency to move in that direction.
In other words, even if a "golden opportunity" arises, it will hardly be seized when there is no competence to realize such an opportunity.
To understand this explanation, suppose a musician wins a top quality violin. This could be called luck. However, having the violin in hand is of no use if one doesn't know how to extract the musical notes from the instrument.
It is common for many to say "the right person, at the right time, in the right place." Such people are seen as lucky. However, the right person is someone who simply dared to seek, study, do, prepare, etc.
According to the book "Luck Follows Courage!", given this preparation to do what has to be done, it is natural that the favorable circumstances (time and place) come more naturally.
Cortella brings a deeper view of courage, demonstrating that it is much more related to building habits than to impulsivity.
There is a huge difference between audacity and adventure. The audacious person is one who studies, analyzes, and acts. This means that the person develops what the author calls "competent courage".
Adventure, on the other hand, is a kind of incompetent initiative. In other words, it is rarely dedicated to the analysis and acts more out of impulsiveness than knowledge.
As much as the opportunities should be used well, it is necessary to consider the ethical aspects that they present. This care is essential to avoid pitfalls that can be fatal for the professional's career or the future of a company.
In the book "Luck Follows Courage!", Cortella clarifies that taking advantage of luck doesn't mean taking advantage of every occasion.
Favorable circumstances and opportunities are not eternal. Therefore, taking the initiative to go up the mountain requires reflections and courage. We can never expect the mountain to come to us.
Another relevant point made by the author Mário Sérgio Cortella is the need to focus only on what is essential, the main goals of your project. Avoid paying too much attention to irrelevant factors and avoid distractions that compromise results.
The right time to seize an opportunity is when there is an encounter between the need (demand) and the desire to accomplish something. It is also necessary to consider the extent to which, at any given moment, the project is feasible.
This part of "Luck Follows Courage!" shows you how to identify when it's not time to carry out a project. Also, the author explains why certain sacrifices are often needed to make things happen.
Cortella mentions that a project's strategy needs to be revised when the risks of carrying it out are greater than the visible benefits. Given this scenario, it is necessary to balance courage and patience.
Patience is the key to wait for the right time to get the results you expect.
Bringing a project to life always requires some sacrifices, even if they are temporary. For example, a person who wants to pass a public exam must dedicate more hours to studying. This reduces family and leisure time.
Sacrifices are an essential part to achieve goals and accomplish life or career projects.
Mário Sérgio Cortella invites us to think about what our great reasons are. That is, what are our real purposes? What moves us towards a goal?
Before you even start a project you have to think: what makes you feel alive? When do you feel your intelligence is working for a purpose?
Answering these questions is essential for your goal to be in line with your life purpose. As it is explained in the book "Luck Follows Courage!", this is the main factor capable of motivating in all stages of a project, no matter how challenging it may be.
The author explains that the feeling of wasted time occurs due to the lack of connection between what we do and our real purposes. This once again demonstrates the importance of knowing exactly what motivates us, what our reasons are.
Taking advantage of time and not wasting it also requires learning to make silence and productive breaks. These moments of rest are of immense help to clarify ideas, favor learning and increase creativity, as Cortella affirms.
Discipline is an essential item at all stages of a project, being a decisive factor in achieving great goals, as the author proves in the book "Luck Follows Courage!".
Mário Sérgio Cortella highlights the importance of leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals from all areas investing in deep learning and not just in a personal or professional image.
To understand this reasoning, just look at social networks. Most people want an appreciation that is quite superficial.
So, to develop deeper levels of learning, it is necessary to have discipline, the greatest ally of those who wish to make big dreams come true.
According to the author Lynda Gratton from "The 100-Year Life", family, friends, health, and learning are the intangible but necessary ingredients for a rich and fulfilling life.
In "Unlimited Power", Tony Robbins explains that generally, a successful person walks in a higher, more imposing way, showing self-esteem. One of the ways to succeed would be to replicate this behavior.
Finally, Caio Carneiro, author of the book "Seja Foda!", says success is 99% made of failure. If you consider failure as the opposite of success, you will not build anything productive, since every failure is just a step on the ladder of your success.
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