It's March already. Can you believe it?
This year, I've been starting each morning with an inspiring, poignant or witty quote--and sharing one for each day on Inc.com.
St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, so we've got 31 quotes about luck--making your own, being ready when it arrives, even bemoaning its absence--from quotable people ranging from Marc Cuban to Whoopi Goldberg to John Hay.
Tuesday, March 1:
"No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you. [A]ll that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are."
Wednesday, March 2:
"Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect."
―Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thursday, March 3:
"You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from."
―Cormac McCarthy, No Country For Old Men
Friday, March 4:
"Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get."
Saturday, March 5:
"Luck can only get you so far."
--J. K. Rowling
Sunday, March 6:
"Hard work and a proper frame of mind prepare you for the lucky breaks that come along -- or don't."
Monday, March 7:
"Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck."
-- Dalai Lama XIV
Tuesday, March 8:
"Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure."
Wednesday, March 9:
"Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity."
Thursday, March 10:
"Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: hard work -- and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't."
Friday, March 11:
"The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself."
Saturday, March 12:
"When it comes to luck you make your own."
Sunday, March 13:
"I broke a mirror in my house. I'm supposed to get seven years of bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five."
Monday, March 14:
"The Ancient Egyptians considered it good luck to meet a swarm of Bees on the road. What they considered bad luck I couldn't say."
Tuesday, March 15:
"It's hard to detect good luck -- it looks so much like something you've earned."
--Frank A. Clark
Wednesday, March 16:
"We are all a great deal luckier that we realize, we usually get what we want - or near enough."
― Roald Dahl
Thursday, March 17:
"Luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance on it."
--Hunter S. Thompson
Friday, March 18:
"I believe you make your own luck. My motto is 'It's always a mistake not to go.'"
Saturday, March 19:
"When you get as lucky as I got, you have to work as hard as possible to earn that luck."
Sunday, March 20:
"Luck consists largely of hanging on by your fingernails until things start to go your way."
-- Aaron Allston
Monday, March 21:
"If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it."
Tuesday, March 22:
"When I work fourteen hours a day, seven days a week, I get lucky."
--Dr. Armand Hammer
Wednesday, March 23:
"There is no such thing as luck. There is only adequate or inadequate preparation to cope with a statistical universe."
―Robert A. Heinlein
Thursday, March 24:
"Things happen to you out of luck, and if you get to stick around it's because you're talented."
-- Whoopi Goldberg
Friday, March 25:
"True luck consists not in holding the best of the cards at the table; luckiest is he who knows just when to rise and go home."
-- John Hay
Saturday, March 26:
"No one has as much luck around the greens as one who practices a lot."
--Chi Chi Rodriguez
Sunday, March 27:
"In the long run, you make your own luck - good, bad, or indifferent."
-- Loretta Lynn
Monday, March 28:
"If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it."
Tuesday, March 29:
"If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities."
Wednesday, March 30:
"Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men."
Thursday, March 31:
"I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it." ―Thomas Jefferson
See you next month. And don't forget--you can get the entire first list of 366 Daily Inspirational Quotes for 2016 here.