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Your ability to create your own luck determines success

By Amy Xiong on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 @ 08:39 AM |


Why is it that some people are more successful than others? Do they have a four leaf clover stashed up their sleeves [or somewhere else]? Or are the God(s) always smiling down on them?

There are some commonalities of successful individuals and companies. For instance, those who succeed tend to focus on things that will make them successful. They set goals and figure out how to achieve those goals. It seems like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at how many people waste their time on projects that do not help generate revenue or grow their business.

Instead of trying to be the best at everything, you should hone your skills and capabilities. To do that you first have to identify your strengths. Successful people know what they’re good at, and where they are weak. If you are weak in one area, it’s best to consider outsourcing to an expert. When you try to work on something you dislike or are not good at, it takes more time to accomplish the task and drains your productivity and energy.

Having a can-do attitude makes a difference. If you sit around thinking about all the reasons why something won’t work, you will find that your mind has already chosen the outcome. You need to change your mindset. Instead of starting with all the reasons a project can’t be done. Ask yourself, ‘what if it could be done?’ You should start by changing your attitude to be more positive and focus on the reasons why it will work and how you can accomplish the task at hand.

Is that all it takes? Most of the time, yes. The best analogy I can come up with is a game of poker. You may not be dealt the best cards, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have a chance to win. It’s what you do with the cards you are dealt. Your ability to take risks and seize opportunities when they appear combined with knowing when you should fold and learn from mistakes is key. In regard to business and poker, you should always be wary of what your competitors are doing and what you are competing against.

Check out Creating Good ‘Luck’ in Business for ways to create your own ‘luck.’

Please comment below and tell us your stories on luck or how you have made your own luck.

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