I feel lucky! I have worked hard to achieve the level of luck I enjoy. Feeling lucky doesn’t mean my success has come easy. It means that I have worked for it and succeeded.
You can be lucky too!
Being lucky in business is an outcome of preparation and taking reasonable chances. Being lucky is about not quitting and always trying again. It’s making one more sales call, testing a new product, or trying a new business idea. Being lucky is a function of doing things: not just talking about doing, but actually picking up the shovel to start digging, or picking up the pen to start writing, or stepping forward and volunteering in your professional organization. Being lucky is not about chance. It’s about giving yourself a chance to succeed and also giving colleagues that same chance to succeed. I have long attributed much of my business success to the learning and support that I have received from colleagues. Some of my learning has been formal, but most of the support I have received has been a direct result of my stepping up to the plate and getting involved.
When a baseball player steps up to the plate, he knows luck is involved with getting a hit. However, the player wants to get a hit and he intends to get a hit. He has worked hard to prepare for this moment and he knows that without swinging the bat he won’t get a hit. He swings the bat with skill, but what’s really important is that he actually steps up to the plate and swings. That’s how he gets lucky.
Being lucky is a product of hard work, preparation and determination. I got lucky by stepping up and volunteering. I participated by using skills I already had. While doing so, I have met and learned from so many people. At first, I was gaining the confidence I needed to move my business forward. Later, I was able to speak my mind by enjoying a leadership position. It has been a win-win situation for me. I encourage you to consider getting involved. Meet some new people, learn some new things and give yourself and others a chance at being lucky.