Does luck control my career?


When it comes to your career there is a lot outside of your control. You can’t control the opening of a job when you need one, the salary your boss will pay you or even when you can be promoted. However you can control you and your behaviour.

Some things I hear a lot in my industry include; “I wasn’t lucky”, “I need some luck”, “I wish it would land for me this time!”

I have been “lucky” enough to meet a variety of people who are captains of their industries. FTSE 100 CEOs, the youngest ever partner at Deloitte (31), James Caan, Alastair Cook and even Sir Richard Branson. The one thing they all have in common? They all took their chance when their “lucky break presented itself.”

The great golfer Gary Player said “the harder I practice, the luckier I get!” Simply meaning that you’ve got to put the work in to get the rewards. Don’t miss out, when the opportunity arises you might only get the one chance to sling shot your career into a different stratosphere. All the people I meet at the top of their game say “yes luck presented me with an opportunity, but I nailed it when that chance arrived!”

The law of probability suggests that if you want to be more successful faster, just do or try more things. So take more action, be busier, start a little earlier, finish a little later – you make your own luck by making the changes.

Don’t sit there waiting for your luck to change. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got.”

So get out of your comfort zone and get lucky! What’s the worst that can happen?!

Written by Will Gallimore.

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