Below are some things you can do to improve your luck. I hope you enjoy this episode and please leave me a review in iTunes to help spread the word.
1. Go to where the luck is. – People get lucky when they are in the right place at the right time. The more often you’re in the right place, which is something you can totally control, the more likely that you’ll be there, when the right time comes. Make sure you’re working hard and going where the opportunities live.
2. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. – Lucky people usually have many things going on at the same time. That’s partly due to the fact that we don’t know which one will be successful, but we understand that we’re more likely to have something work out well if we get several things going at once. I know this is contradictory to many books that talk about doing just the “1 thing” that’s most important. I think once you find which thing is your “lucky” one, then you can shift your focus to that one thing.
3. Work hard. – I love the quote below by Thomas Jefferson. I’ve found that I tend to get lucky more often when I work hard at it. In the podcast I tell a story about Odell Beckham’s catch (see the video below) and how he trained for years on making that catch. It wasn’t a lucky catch, it was one he practiced, it just appeared lucky to everyone who hadn’t seen the work he put in beforehand.
“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it” – Thomas Jefferson
4. Take a leap of faith. – Many times in order to be lucky, you must first be brave. You have to sometimes believe in yourself and take a leap of faith. Put yourself out there, and hope for the best. That’s what I did when it game to speaking publicly for the first time. Now I get paid to speak at events and companies.
5. Think in the margins. – Creativity comes in the margins. When you work outside the lines of what is normal. This is when brilliant, dare I say, lucky ideas and opportunities come.
6. Don’t assume there is only 1 way of doing things. – Great things happen when people think outside of the box and question the obvious. As I said in #5, creativity comes in the margins. It also comes when people question why we do it this way.
7. Be prepared to pivot. – Lucky people understand that someday their luck will run out. And when it does, they are prepared to pivot. Being ready to change directions and understanding that there are always other routes to your end goal is away to stay lucky and be prepared for the unlucky times.
8. Keep your perspective. – Sometimes you don’t know if something is good luck or bad luck until you well after its taken place. I’ve heard some many people talk about not getting what they wanted at the time, then find out later it was actually a good thing. I talk a lot about perspective because I think its one of the most important things to have a happy life. I mention perspective’s roll in purpose in my TEDx Talk.
“Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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