Who doesn’t want to be a little more lucky?
I’m not talking about winning a $100 million lottery jackpot either. I’m talking about those little things. You know, the teams or individuals who consistently get the ball to bounce in their direction at critical times over and over again. Wins and losses. That type of lucky.
The best selling author, Jim Collins, explored the topic of luck in his latest NY Times best-selling book, Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck–Why Some Thrive Despite Them All. It’s a fantastic read and one I definitely recommend.
Lets face it, we’ve all said it. “That guy is soooooo lucky,” we say to ourselves under our breath when we’re a jealous bystander to someone else’s success. What we’re really saying is we wish we understood how to be more lucky in our own lives, and I’m not talking about hitting a few more 5’s on the blackjack table when dealt 15’s and 16’s.
Below are FIVE key elements I use to create my own luck:
- Learning: The more I continue to push myself to learn from a wide variety of individuals, the wider viewpoint I have when facing new opportunities. No one can learn everything, so I have a tremendously long road ahead with no end in sight. However, if I strive to learn a little more each day, I’m a great deal closer to my goal than I was a year ago. The more I learn, the better prepared I am to see opportunities others may miss and manage challenges effectively.
- Outgoing: Help someone else get what they want and in most circumstances, you get what you want. This just seems to be the way the world works, right? I don’t know if I believe in karma, but the bucket containing the saying, “what goes around, comes around” holds water.
- Preparation: I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying from ancient philosopher Seneca, “luck is where preparation meets opportunity.” I believe in it and think it’s why each of us is the creator of our own luck. Those without luck aren’t creators and likely aren’t prepared. The lucky not only have a plan, they have many plans in case a challenge or opportunity presents itself.
- Thrive in Uncertainty: Think about the word luck in relation to the outcome of an event. You could say someone was “lucky” because their result or achievement didn’t meet the expected outcome prior to the result. Could it also be true the “lucky” individual wasn’t afraid to attack uncertainty? I believe there is a direct relationship. We consider them lucky because in the beginning the opportunity looked a whole lot like sweat and hard work. Everyone wants the end result of success, but not the aching gut of uncertainty and giving it all up for a chance.
- Double Down: If you want to increase your luck, you have to double down on your best talents. Spend time doing only the one or two things at the top of your talent ladder and receive 2x the outcome in return. I happen to play a little blackjack from time to time. If I’m dealt a 10 or 11 and the house has dealt themselves a 16, I MUST double down the bet. It is one of the only statistical advantages I have against the house to not only make 21 (and increase my odds of winning), but I’m also allowed to double (risk more on my wager). If you’re not getting lucky enough, take a look at how you’re spending your time in relation to your talents. There is a direct correlation.
Bonus Tip: Always double down on 10 or 11 in blackjack when the dealer is showing a 5 or a 6!
ACTION ITEM: Throw on a little Daft Punk, “Get Lucky”, and get down to business. Use one or more of these tips this month and you will start to see an increase in your luck.