21 August 2018

Lawrence in the studio - can you make your own luckAre you feeling lucky? Luck is one of the mysterious things that we tend to say that all successful people have, but doesn’t it come down to more than that?

In her TED Talk, innovation and entrepreneurship lecturer Tina Seelig describes luck as: “Success or failure apparently caused by chance.” Interestingly she continues to talk about luck being a constant in our lives, sometimes blowing a gale other times a light breeze. However we can change it by making a few changes within ourselves.

Simply by being open to taking small risks, by speaking to strangers, by being appreciative and by thinking more innovatively before writing ideas off, we can transform our luck for the better.
It’s a fascinating talk, which you can watch on the TED site.

So when Rolls met Royce all those yesterday ago in the Midland Hotel, was that luck? Was it chance? Or did they take a risk in chatting to each other and building a relationship?

I have written before about the role played by luck in my own journey and how often we over-estimate the role that luck plays and underestimate just how much we put into something to making that luck.

Making your own luck

For me, I think it comes down to the way that you see the world. If you approach things positively, you’re far more likely to see the opportunities when they arise. You’re also far more likely to attract other people and welcome them to speak to you. When you’re in a negative mindset, your instant reaction is that something won’t work, or that you’re unlucky so you won’t try.

I shared an analogy in a post some years ago about being the kind of person who always finds themselves running after a missed bus and getting caught in the rain without an umbrella. Perhaps the ‘lucky’ person did miss their bus and got caught in the rain without an umbrella but reacted entirely differently. They laughed it off, they chatted and the person beside them offered to share their umbrella with them, and started a great friendship or business partnership. Inevitably there are real moments of good or bad luck – the lightning bolt moments. But, for me, every day luck is about how you see the world and how you react to the circumstances you find yourself in.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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