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Have Good Fortune Smile On Your Business

Anne Tyler. "People always call it luck when you've acted more sensibly than they have." [Motivational Quotes of the Day]

Isn't it interesting how others will call your hard work and preparation by the simple name of luck. They attribute chance as the key contributing factor to a solid customer base, strong strategic partners, or influential relationships that simplifies reaching your business objectives. If you are one of those who things that everyone else gets all the good breaks, here are several ways you can turn good fortune your way.

  1. Do what you do best. It takes less energy to do what you do best, plus you're probably good at it because you enjoy it. Learn to delegate those things that you aren't good at, build a strong team that complements your weaknesses. If for some reason you can't do this, then be good at what you are doing today.
  2. Be passionate about what you do. Learn everything you can about what you do and demonstrate your excitement. This heartfelt interest in what you do will be reflected in your products or services. Some of the most in demand offerings come from passionate people.
  3. Genuinely help others in your endeavors. Whether it's a specific type of customer or a favorite charity, someone else should reap the primary benefit of your efforts. You'll receive greater opportunities when those around you grow just as fast as you. This interest to help will also keep you focused on positive achievement.
  4. Remove blame for failure. Redirect energies commonly used to find out who went wrong and place it in discovering how it could be done right. Blaming others (or yourself) for things that have happened in the past only wears you down. Fail forward, pick-up and start over again if necessary.
  5. Document successes and lessons learned. If you should fail, journal your lessons learned along with any advances made. By investigating other methods you'll be more likely to find the one that will work for you. Most great discoveries had thousands of failed trials, and many great discoveries were found by accident.
  6. Invest in what you understand and know. It's easier to select one topic area and know most things about it than to be a generalist who knows a little about everything. Most societies honor specialists for their ability to think. Be careful you don't frame everything in your own knowledge, have an open mind to see new things.
  7. Plan for a positive exit. Eventually you'll want to move on to something else, plan this exit early. When you plan your efforts, be sure to see the entire project from day one to completion. This higher picture of activities guides your efforts, giving you a clear destination.
  8. Work toward clear goals and objectives. You can't get anywhere unless you know where you want to go. Use clear short-term objectives that bring you closer to general long-term objectives. Work toward a specific point that you can articulate to your team.

Put these suggestions in practice each day and you will be counted among the luck ones. Isn't it interesting how, as Anne Tyler, "People always call it luck when you've acted more sensibly than they have." Good fortune can smile on you, especially when you are prepared for new opportunity.

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By Justin Hitt at November 4, 2003 10:34 AM  Subscribe in a reader

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