Australian muaythai fighter Yolanda Schmidt talks about luck and toughness
Yolanda Schmidt / Pic: Jan Pu

Luck is defined as a purposeless, unpredictable and uncontrollable force that shapes events favorably or unfavorable.

Tell me I am lucky, and this is the quickest way to transform me from placid to rancid. Uncontrollable events such as meeting amazing people, that’s luck.

Luck is being presented with moments of being in the right place at the right time to meet those people, I can now call my circle of friends. Achieving goals is not a solo journey. You need those around you, not to step on to get to the top, but to support you through the tough times and to celebrate with, during the merry times. You are lucky to have them in your life.

I honestly dislike the word “lucky”. Don’t tell someone who has achieved goals that they are lucky. Luck has nothing to do with it, toughness and hard work does. I would associate this term “lucky” with a genie in a bottle or a fairy godmother.

Some say luck is when preparation meets opportunity. Opportunities are always there, it’s about recognizing them, taking chances and perusing them. Influential people in my life acknowledged that a goal, hard work and the right mind set is what turns things to gold, not luck.

While there are many recipes for success, none of them have luck as an ingredient. My recipe for success does not contain luck, it contains an explicit goal, focus, dedication and passion. Now add all the right people to the mix and the journey can get underway. Being lucky would mean that all events would be favorable, without failure.

Without failure comes no success

Why am I so extremely hard on myself in and out of the gym? Because I care! I have the aspiration to continually develop as an athlete, with a goal in mind. Not only is the aim to achieve that goal, but to learn along the way. You are unaware of all the times I fall flat on my face, you see the end result, the destination. When I am faced with a challenge, I do not toss it into the “too hard” basket, if I do, that is when I’d better hope I have some luck.

I fall, many times, but I can assure you that each time I get back up, I am stronger and hungrier to succeed. Is it luck that ensures you are equipped to be great? No, every athlete I know possesses toughness, mentally and physically. Without it, you will not excel, you will not seize those opportunities. When the going gets tough, sickness, injury, personal problems, it is not luck that pushes you to keep going….it’s you!

But, if you want to achieve greatness, get up and make things happen. Fairy Godmothers don’t exist.

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Yolanda Schmidt

Yolanda Schmidt, from Sydney, NSW is the Australian national champion in Muay Thai. In addition, she is a two-time bronze medalist at IFMA world championships. She is also a teacher at Menai High School in Illawong, NSW. Schmidt is a regular contributor to FIGHTMAG, where she covers women’s kickboxing and Muay Thai.

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