Is Luck Just for the Irish or Can Your Business Have Some Too?

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In the spirit of St. Patty’s Day, I figured it was timely to broach the subject of business luck . . . why some businesses seem to have it in abundance while others seem to lack it completely.

One Valuable Concept

Many years back I learned a very valuable concept; one that would stick with me until this day.

I was listening to a recording by the late, great Earl Nightingale. A man whom even though I’ve never met, I still consider one of my most influential early mentors.  Earl Nightingale said something along the lines of “Good luck is when preparedness meets opportunity”.  In essence he was saying that we create our own luck, whether good or bad, we are responsible for it.  That was a major a-ha moment for me.

So how do the seemingly “lucky” businesses go about attracting all that good fortune?  Well for the most part it’s all that preparation work they do (that we may not see them doing) that magnetizes them when opportunities present themselves. They do the stuff that most others, who don’t seem to be very lucky, choose not to do.   The “lucky” ones know what opportunities they seek and ready themselves accordingly to be able to seize them when they arrive.

So what’s it going to be… sit back and hope for your luck to happen to you… after all, it is St. Patty’s Day… or take action and create your own good luck?

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