How To Create Your Own Luck:|
The "You Never Know" Approach for Turning Serendipity into Success
by Susan RoAne
Have you ever met someone, listened to their story and thought to yourself, "That person has all the luck." You may even have asked how she or he came to be in such a fabulous situation whether it's a career, a relationship or perfect loft apartment only to hear the response, " I was just lucky". Yes, Lady Luck often gets credit for the wonderful events in our lives. But if we carefully analyze the situation, we learn that luck has little to do with the successful result. What matters are the actions taken by the lucky person and those they wisely chose to avoid.
"Lucky" people often have what I call, "You Never Know" experiences. How often do we hear that expression as a reason to attend a business event, go to a friend's friend's party or take a class in a subject that interests us? My grandmother and mother said it often as a reason to do something, a form of encouragement and the offer of hope that something special will be the result.
These people who have experiences of coincidence, happenstance and timing were to a one--- OPEN. In fact, those that are open seem to have many experiences. With great respect and affection, I combined two phrases and call them the You Never Know -It -Alls and they are our role models.
Many lucky people experience situations that were unexpected and evolved from moments of serendipity that they saw as opportunities. Sometimes they embraced positive feedback or good advice or just struck up a conversation with a stranger at a fundraiser or on a plane. Rather than being immobilized by the rhetorical question "Why?", they are the people who shrug, and say, "Why not?" and forge ahead. They are everywhere.
How to BE OPEN To " You Never Know" Experiences so that you CREATE YOUR OWN LUCK:
And what's luck got to do with it?
According to oft-repeated ancient Chinese philosophy, luck is when preparation meets opportunity. We create our own luck when we are prepared to see the opportunities and willing to take action. Contrary to the old cliché, opportunity does not 'knock' at our door but it surrounds us. We just need to be open ---like the You Never Know-It-Alls --- who provide a guideline, a game plan and great inspiration so that the rest of us can do it, too!
Susan RoAne is sought after speaker, consultant and best-selling author of How To Work A Room, as well as The Secrets of Savvy Networking and What Do I Say Next? Her audio-book, RoAne's Rules: How To Make the RIGHT Impression is also available in local and on-line bookstores She is the nation's leading and original networking authority.
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