6 March 2014
“The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we all call luck” – Tony Robbins
How much does business success have to do with luck? It’s an interesting question as not everybody believes in luck. However, I would argue that it all depends on your definition of the word. I like to think of it as Tony Robbins describes it, as a defining moment when a great opportunity comes around and you can take advantage of it because you have already put in the hard work. As a great man once said, you have to run on the road before you can dance underneath the lights.
In my experience, certainly, luck has had a part to play. Don’t get me wrong, it is no substitute for setting yourself goals and working as hard as you possibly can to achieve them, but life is full of lessons and often you’ve got to learn those lessons before you can progress. I think it’s fair to argue that luck comes to those who don’t give in and who keep learning, preparing themselves for the right time to pounce and grab hold of their dreams with both hands.
I can think of many times in the past where I’ve felt stuck, like I was banging my head against a brick wall, and life has just presented me with an answer, seemingly from nowhere. Granada buying my first business from me in 1998 was one of those times, allowing me to move on to greater things. So whilst luck isn’t something you should focus or rely on too much, especially when setting up a business, it does seem to help those who set goals and are completely focussed on what they want to achieve.
What does luck mean to you? Do you think it’s helped you get to where you are today?