"He is so lucky. He lives in (western state)."
OK...what does state have to do with luck?
"He has really good genes. You know, that is why he is so fast."
Maybe, however, I know that his dad had some serious heath issues at a young age so it probably isn't that either.
"Everything comes easy for him. He races so well. He's just a machine."
Actually...I've shared a few hotel rooms with him. He is most certainly not a machine. Doesn't wake up easily and sleeps like a log. I've seen him after a 25 hour workout week; not a machine.
My point is simply hard work and opportunity make "breaks" for you and yours more often than not. Success is never easy but it beats the alternative. A successful college football coach once told me, "Championships are won when the band isn't playing and the TV lights aren't on."
Applying this to job searches. I am connecting with old friends and colleagues. Cranking out email and resumes...and making my own breaks. Same goes for triathlon this year. This last month of being "off" I have been working out about 4.5 hours a day. Even Linda from Gatorade made a comment last night, "Bob, you've really lost some weight over the last few months." I joked that I'm trying to get down to my original weight of seven pounds and change and we laughed. I appreciate the feedback as I am working hard...on everything.
I'm innovating in my life and seeing positive change. Imagine what could happen if others did the same? We could land someone on the moon. Again.