Sometimes, it’s easy to be green with envy towards those who seem to have it all. You know exactly who we’re talking about. Opportunities seem to arrive to them on a silver platter. But, you can create your own luck in business— and in life. Here’s how.
Odds are, the concept of “luck” is, at least, in the back of your mind. You’ve probably grown too old to search for four leaf clovers in every grassy field you find. But, the general idea of how “luck” works tends to hold onto those magical elements that we were enamored by as children. However, especially in regards to business, you can create your own luck.
1. Understand how to embrace failures.
Failure is one of those tricky, subjective terms. Much like beauty, failure is in the eye of the beholder. Of course, mistakes do happen. Projects turn sour and don’t give the result you desired. But, what differentiates lucky business owners from self-perceived “unlucky” ones is how they handle these roadblocks.
Firstly, it’s important to learn about what went wrong in these mistakes and use these lessons in future endeavors. This strengthens your skill set in ways that can only happen through experience. Also, it’s good to thicken your skin using these less-than-ideal outcomes.
2. Stay resilient.
It’s easy to give up. In fact, giving up seems easier than staying resilient a lot of the time. Owning a business is an overwhelming job. There are so many different hats that are meant to be worn by one head. This is especially true if you’re just starting out. You don’t necessarily have your dream team backing you up just yet. So, the opportunities and wins you create are entirely on you.
It’s easy to become enveloped by the idea of “success” and how that relates to numbers. Business isn’t just a numbers game. It’s also a game of wits. Part of that is building up your endurance. Good things come to those who wait, and better things come to those who get up again when they fall.
3. Be flexible.
Flexibility is a key aspect to owning a business these days. In fact, millennial business owners are thriving because that generation favors flexibility in every sense of the word over any other that came before them. You don’t have to be a millennial to adopt this mindset, though. All business owners are encouraged to try new things and explore their self-imposed boundaries and break through them. This can start off as something small! For example, you can change your working hours to open yourself up to a myriad of different clients. Or, you can go to a social networking event to do the same. You never know who you could meet!
4. Build up your confidence.
As RuPaul famously says, “if you can’t love yourself, how are you gonna love somebody else?”
Self-confidence is just as essential in finding luck within your business as it is in finding luck in your everyday life. If you don’t believe in your work, how could you expect someone else to? The law of attraction states that the energy that you put into your projects and yourself is the energy that you receive in return. Many people simply refer to this as “karma.”
Whatever term you give it, and however seriously you take the concept, is once again dependent on you. Sometimes, people cling onto these ideas as a trial run and begin seeing results. Fake it ‘till you make it.
5. Be more outgoing.
We’ve all heard amazing stories of startup companies that began from somebody’s basement. One of the most famous examples of this is Steve Jobs and the creation of Apple. While he began his career from his basement, it’s worth it to explore your options. Now, this doesn’t mean to completely abandon your current setup and invest in an office space downtown.
But, opening yourself up to working with new people can take you to places you never dreamed were possible. It’s like the social networking events that were mentioned earlier. Allowing yourself to explore different opportunities brings luck to you.
6. Abandon excuses.
We all know one person who constantly has excuses. It’s almost like that is their job! This person seems to always have a reason to be late. And, to each their own. Excuses encourage comfortability. Comfortability won’t get you anywhere if you’re trying to increase your luck, whether that be in business or your day to day.
7. Remember the bigger picture.
One of the quickest downfalls for new business owners is that they give up too quickly. Many start to lose sight of their bigger picture goals. They forget why they started their business in the first place, and their dreams get lost in translation. Some see a few failures and roadblocks and call it quits before they can even begin to reach their potential.
People often don’t realize that success is not linear. There’s hills and mountains to climb in between every successful endeavor. And, what you get may not always be what you asked for. Sometimes, things change in-between when you started and where you end up. However, remembering the dream that you started off with can keep you motivated even during difficult times.
Michael Jordan spent many years training with coaches who had a hard time seeing past the fact that he didn’t meet the minimum height requirement. However, years of perseverance allowed him to become one of the most iconic basketball players in history.
Luck is self-made. It’s related to the opportunities you create for yourself, but also who you surround yourself with. The people around you should be your biggest fans. They should constantly be encouraging you to conquer your goals in whatever you set out to do. When you surround yourself with the right people, luck will come to you. It’s important that they hold you accountable for your actions, but it’s more important that they hold you accountable for your potential.
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