It’s the Saturday before this is being posted. I’m sitting on beach in Aruba with my wife writing this post. I’m not far from where we live on the island, where I get to spend the winters far from the New Hampshire snow.

So often people tell us how “lucky” we are, and while I’m polite, and agree with them, inside I’m shaking my head and rolling my eyes, thinking “luck had nothing to do with it”. My great-grandmother, an Irish immigrant who lived in the tenements of Hell’s Kitchen said it best, in life, your make your own luck.

So, how do you make your own luck? Simple, you do the hard stuff no one else is willing to do, and you keep doing it when things go bad, even when those who started doing hard things quit. It’s all about perseverance. Don’t stop, until you have the life even you never dreamed you could have.

I can’t take credit for the list below, but it was given to me by a mentor many years ago when I was going through a tough patch. I had it in hard copy in folder in a desk, and it seemed like I always stumble across it at the times I needed to be reminded of it most. I’d read it, laugh, pull up my big boy pants, and keep going.

Funny thing about once you learn how to make your own luck. It’s kind of hard to stop. Before coming to the beach today, my wife and I made an offer on an investment property that we never would have dreamed of back in a day when we bought our first FDIC foreclosure home, after selling everything of value we owned and could do without at a flea market to get the down payment.

She looked at me after we gave the realtor the offer, laughed, and said “we’re crazy”. I replied “yup, and crazy has always worked well for us”.

I hope this list can do the same for you that it did for me. Keep plugging away. You’ll get there!

19 Hard Things You Need to Do to Be Successful

You have to do the hard things.

You have to do the hard things. The things that no one else is doing. The things that scare you. The things that make you wonder how much longer you can hold on. Those are the things that define you. Those are the things that make the difference between living a life of mediocrity or outrageous success.

The hard things are the easiest things to avoid. To excuse away. To pretend like they don’t apply to you.

The simple truth about how ordinary people accomplish outrageous feats of success is that they do the hard things that smarter, wealthier, more qualified people don’t have the courage — or desperation — to do. Do the hard things. You might be surprised at how amazing you really are.