Work hard! Dream big! Never give up! Stay focused!
The list of encouragements and advice we hear as up-and-coming entrepreneurs and businesspeople is never-ending.
We give endless praise to those who follow this advice, who work hard, who dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to their endeavors.
But how often do we tell people to count on luck? And how often do we celebrate those who find it?
The last time someone got incredibly lucky in their business endeavors, did you celebrate with them the same way you celebrate with those who work their tails off to become just as successful?
Saying “Good luck” is rarely translated to, “I hope you get really lucky and that everything falls perfectly into alignment for you and your work.” I think we can all agree that a more accurate translation would be, “Work hard and you’ll probably be successful.”
But what if I proposed to you that luck isn’t all it’s made out to be? What if I suggested that there was a little more to it? What if I told you that there are ways that YOU can help yourself become significantly more lucky?
The truth is that ‘lucky’ people aren’t just lucky— they adopt and develop habits that are shown to help build a businessperson’s business and life.
Strategy and hard work are vital to any businessperson but serendipity itself is essential.
Here are some commonalities that ‘lucky’ people possess that can help you become more effective and get luckier in your business today:
1) Learn to Love Your Problems
If there’s one thing that takes businesspeople out more than anything, it’s failing to see past their problems and learn from their errors.
Your problems and failures are not roadblocks— they’re springboards into opportunity for growing bigger and better. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you’ll never do anything wrong, that you’ll never face any sort of resistance, that everything will work out perfectly; accept that you will run into problems and choose to embrace them.
Let them push you forward rather than hold you back.
2) Make Space for Opportunities
Are you busy? Studies show that over 90% of businesspeople work over 50 hours a week, and over 50% work 65+ hours a week. Business is, well, BUSYness. We all need more hours in the day, more days in the week, and the thought of finding extra time is probably laughable for most of us. But one seemingly small factor that shuts many of us out from a lot of potential is in failing to build margin into our lives for unexpected opportunities. It’s nearly impossible for us to get lucky when an opportunity arises if we don’t have time to explore the opportunities before us.
Create space to watch for sparks of opportunity.
3) Be An Avid Learner
This one is pretty straight-forward: The more you know, the further you can go. Nelson Mandela famously said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” and this applies to both your personal and business world, too. It’s one of few things in our material world that you simply cannot put a price on – it’s indispensable. Read books, watch the news, listen to business podcasts, have mentors who will pour into you, network with professionals who will bring you higher.
There is a literally endless amount of information at your disposal just waiting for you to tap into it! Be intentional about educating yourself!
4) Experiment Prolifically.
As much as most of us don’t like to admit it, trial and error is a crucial part of every entrepreneurial endeavour and business initiative. If you want to be a leader in your field, if you want to be the one that other entrepreneurs and businesspeople look up to for inspiration and ideas, it’s up to you to step out of the comfort zone of conformity and experiment. Take risks. Test theories. Look for answers.
The next ‘big thing’ might come from the next time you start to experiment.
5) Create, Initiate, Construct.
Straight-up, far too many of us are stuck in responsive mode. We react to changes and make adjustments when necessary, and like to think that this qualifies as staying on top of things. But what if we got ahead of the changes? What if we became the change-makers? Stop living in a reactive state of existence where too many of your moves are wasted on adjusting to the changes that others are making, and shift yourself to constructive mode, where you’re the one initiating and driving them.
Be the change you wish to see in your business and your life.
6) Be Quick to Pivot
We all know that success doesn’t come from us all following our own individual perfectly straight lines from Point A to Point B. It’s more like Point A, to Point B, to Point B 2.0, back to Point B, 90 degree turn… you get the point. Moving forward doesn’t always mean continuing to walk straight in the direction we set out on. It means always moving, but always making necessary changes and evolving with the environment around you as it continues to change. Being quick to pivot means being ready and open to changes and embracing them as they come.
Where were you a year ago today? Still in the same spot? If so, it may be time for you to pivot as you keep moving forward.
7) Practice Curiosity.
There are two types of people in the world. There are those who hear the words, ‘What if?’ and fearfully sprint as far away as possible from the thought of unforeseen ideas. And there are those who hear the words, ‘What if?’ and their eyes light up and their souls catch on fire as they start thinking of all of the Who’s, How’s, When’s, What’s, and Where’s as they explore the never-ending possibilities that lie within the realm of ‘What if?’
Be the latter. Be curious. Play with problems. Hypothesize. Come up with ‘outside the box’ solutions. The future belongs to the curious— don’t get left behind.