Many say success in business requires equal parts skill and luck. You can always develop skills—and I’m always looking for those opportunities—but I started thinking recently about whether it’s possible to increase your luck factor. Is it possible? And if so, HOW?
“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it” ~Thomas Jefferson
I took a close look at my friends, and colleagues that seem to have all the ‘luck.’ They all have a winning attitude in that they approach things with optimism, curiosity and full engagement. They are in the right place at the right time; they run into just the right person who knows someone who knows someone who ‘as luck would have it’ is just who they needed to talk to. None of that would happen if they were lying low watching the world go by. Their positive attitude increases their luck.
The ‘lucky ones’ are also really hard workers who are smart about what they do. Instead of crossing their fingers and hoping, they focus on their goals, and they have a clearly defined strategy to get where they want to go. It makes sense to me, because if you know what you want, you are more likely to recognize opportunities that arise. It seems lucky on the surface, but it’s really all about putting yourself out there and being open to whatever comes your way.
We find some companies rely on luck when it comes to their technology, but we much prefer having goals and a smart strategy! It’s not just luck that makes IT systems run smoothly—it takes dedication and planning. Otherwise you are bound to run into bad luck one of these days, and we hate to see that. Are you making your own luck this St. Patty’s day?