Does Luck Play a Role at Your Job?

Do you get lucky at work? No, I don’t mean that. Some of you have such dirty minds that it shocks me. I mean lucky as in good fortune comes to you and it comes often.

I really do believe in the luck that most lottery players are hoping to have. I believe in making luck happen, although even lottery winners have to take action to win. No one is going to win the lottery sitting on their butt while watching TV. They too need to act. They need to get up off that couch and buy a hundred tickets and pray to the lottery Gods to be kind and gracious.

I’m talking about even more action than buying lottery tickets and praying. The only way to create your luck is to take such persistent action that the luck is bound to come. I’ve heard that a salesman must be rejected by a potential client between 8 and 16 times before they make a sale. At first it may seem like the whole world is against them, but they know that like a trickle of water can wear away stone, they too can wear down the client and show them how much their product can help their company.

Steve of Change Your Thoughts wrote a cool piece entitled, “7 Ways to Be more Lucky.” My favorite was #2 Taking Risks.

People who are lucky take more risks. This doesn’t mean they gamble their life savings on a Dallas Cowboys win. Risk -taking needs to be calculated – you should weigh your options, know what you can afford to lose and go for it. If it doesn’t work out, you go for it again with an improved plan of attack.

The people who succeed big take big risks. Bill Gates could have stayed at Harvard, earned a bad-ass degree and made a nice living, but he didn’t want nice. He wanted to create one of the greatest businesses of all time.

How have you been lucky in the recent past?

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4 thoughts on “Does Luck Play a Role at Your Job?”

  1. Hmmm, I really don’t think about luck too much — though I consider myself splendidly blessed. My life is satisfactory in just about all areas, though there is room for growth in every way, for sure.

    Am I lucky to have what I have? Sure. I was lucky to be born under my parents, having found my wife, to be given my two children. I am very grateful.

    But maybe because I’m lucky, I don’t think about it much. Maybe I take it for granted. But this is one thing that I’m not sure if not taking it for granted really amounts to much. It’s one thing to forget humility and gratitude, but….

    OK, I am rambling, so I stop now. Thanks for provoking my thoughts. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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  2. I’m in my current job because I was willing to take a risk. I’m not sure I would go so far as to say that I experience “luck” at work…but at the same time, I feel incredibly lucky to be where I am at this point in life ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hey Ari, as long as you feel blessed that’s all that matters.

    Hey Barbara, busting doors open is all about taking action. It sounds like you’ve made you’re own luck.

    Hey Janelle, sometimes we just have to appreciate where we are. It could be the luck of our circumstance, but most likely it was taking small steps to create the life that we always wanted.

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