Is luck a factor in success when it comes to business?
Somehow I just struggle to believe that it is.
You see there is a saying attributed to the Roman philosopher Seneca that goes:
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”
If you look at successful people, whether from the world of sport or business, it’s the preparation that gets them into a position to take opportunities.
A couple more quotes:
“I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Well, the harder I practice, the luckier I get.” – Gary Player
In both these quotes it’s the hard work that generates the opportunity.
Luck is about attitude and application
Jefferson and Player weren’t successful just because they worked or practiced hard. There are plenty of hard working people that are not super successful.
Yes they had the application to hone their business and sporting skills.
But they also had the right mindset or attitude.
One that was open to possibilities and opportunities.
One that wasn’t restricted by limiting
Who you hang around with
Something that can influence your attitude is who you hang around with.
Yet another quote – “You’re the average of the five people you spend most of your time with.” Jim Rohn.
Successful entrepreneurs tend to hang around with other successful entrepreneurs.
They spark off each other. They learn from each other.
And it can rub off. Observe how they operate. How they spot and then take opportunities.
But you need to be there to see it
To be with them.
The bottom line is that who you hang around with matters.
Make your own luck
So can you make your own luck in your business?
I think so.
Hone your business skills and set your business up for success.
Network with other smart entrepreneurs and learn from them.
Be open to opportunities.
I often hear stories of people that see something successful, but because it’s in a different line of business or other area unrelated to their business that close their mind to how it might work for them.
It’s a bit like the “I know….” attitude I talked about a few weeks back.
They need to open their mind and think “how can I apply that to my business…”
I even talked a bit about this last week in my blog post “Making the selling easy“.
That was about working hard to make the right connections.
It was about being open to the possibilities that those connections might throw up.
That’s how I ‘got lucky’ with two LinkedIn connections generating five and half years consulting revenue.
PS If you’d like to learn how to use LinkedIn to generate your own luck there’s still time to sign up for my next Online Bootcamp now. Just click the link.