Have you ever benefited from beginner’s luck?

If you have read the book “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho then, the words beginner’s luck would have reminded you about the meeting of the boy with the King Mechizedek.If you haven’t read the book, here I am summarizing the book’s theme in few lines.

Books tag line: “Its a magical fable about following your dream”.

The story is about a shepherd boy, who has a dream about finding a treasure in the pyramids of Egypt. On the way of finding his treasure he happens to meet an old man who claims himself as King Melchizedek. The King tells the boy that “when you really desire something all the universe conspires to help you find it” and he explains the principle of favorability, or beginner’s luck. Finally the boy decides to sell his sheep and starts his adventurous journey towards the pyramids of Egypt.

In the entire book the author talks about omens and reading the omens. The author says “Omens are the individual language in which God talks to you”. Though I do not understand the complete philosophy the author has presented in this book, I am very much excited about the “beginners luck“.

From my experiences in the past 6 months I firmly believe in the philosophy of beginners luck and reading omens. I would like to share my experiences and will be really great if you can share your thoughts and experiences.

Like the shepherd boy, I have dreams and a dream of building my own software firm. I have decided to quit my well paying day job and start as a free lancer to start working towards realizing my dream. When I was about to move out of my day job in January 2007 I have bought a laptop on installments using my credit card. Due to my extravagant spending I could not save any real money during my two years stay at job. So, I didn’t even had enough money to clear my first installment. I was on an unpaid leave for almost a month and was not even expecting the salary for a week days. But, to my surprise I was credited with a salary for 31 days and a bonus amount which I had never expected. I am sure there was an error in the pay roll software which really helped me with the money when I desperately need it. This was my first dose of beginner’s luck. So, this unexpected amount helped me to clear my first installment. And yes, I know I could have informed it to my employer but I dint and you know why.

I was worried and completely confused. There was only one question in my mind. “Who is going to give me work and who is going to pay me for my services and skills?

But to my surprise I was able to find my first client within a week’s time after becoming jobless. I happened to leave a comment on iLeher blog post, without even knowing that this comment is going to get me the first work. Then I got to interact with the iLeher team and finally ended up redesigning their blog as my first free lance work. This was my second dose of experiencing beginner’s luck. Was that an omen which made me to leave a comment on their blog?

Then came the second work. I was given with a task of designing the user interface of a photo sharing web site. I almost worked on it for 10 days. After few of the pages are finished, then the team decided not to go ahead with the venture due to their personal issues. But I got a decent amount of money which helped me in clearing my laptop installment. So, what if they had decided not to go with the venture before I came in contact with them? Is this beginners luck?

Then I got another work from a referral given by my first client.

When I was just worried about clearing my last installment, I just happened to leave a comment on a blog. And to my surprise the blog author’s friend was looking for a web site design project and I got a mail from the author asking me if I could help his friend in making his website. After few initial discussions I was able to get the project. So, again I experienced the beginners luck and reading omens. Believe me, I still do not know what made me to visit the blog or from where I got the link to the blog. Are these omens sent to us by God?

So, I really started thinking about whether its really beginner’s luck or a mere coincidence as we call it generally. I think I will never come to a conclusion on this.

So, is it true that “When you really want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it“?

I am sure I am not going to find answers to all my queries very soon. But I started believing that there is some universal power which helps us.

Though the book has some magical elements in it, the overall theme is great. I have put up a list of inspiring lines here.

So, finally, have you ever experienced beginners luck? May it be in any field business, education, job and etc. It would be really great to hear your comments and experiences. Please use the comments section to share your thoughts.

Thank you for reading.


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  1. Posted July 30, 2007 at 1:58 am | Permalink

    Hey, just discovered this link from technorati. Glad that the introduction worked out for you. And nice work on the motvik site.

    Keep up the good work.

  2. Posted July 30, 2007 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Thank you Rajiv.

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