Luck or Opportunity?

“People often remark that I’m pretty lucky. Luck is only important in so far as getting the chance to sell yourself at the right moment. After that, you’ve got to have talent and know how to use it.” Frank Sinatra

Some people believe in luck and some people don’t. What we all believe in is opportunity and while there may not be anything you can do to improve your luck, there are plenty of things you can do to give yourself more opportunities. Here are a few things you can be doing:

Be Humble

One big part of creating opportunities for yourself comes from having influence. Being humble, though it may seem counterintuitive, goes a long way in building your influence. You can gain a lot more trust and interest from other people by showing your interest in them. When people trust you and are genuinely interested in what you have to say, you have influence.

Break A Sweat

If you want to create opportunities for yourself you’ll have to do some work. This doesn’t just say a lot for your character, it builds your skills-set. Having a variety of skills lets you shine in a variety of opportunities.

Trust Your Gut

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something—your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” Steve Jobs.  That about covers it.

Always Be Prepared

Be ready to make a decision when opportunity presents itself. The longer you wait the farther that opportunity will get from your reach. No opportunities are made specifically for you, so don’t feel comfortable sitting on it for long.

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Pixar’s 5 Secrets Of Success

In a recent Fast Company interview, Oren Jacob gave his thoughts on what has helped Pixar become, well… Pixar. During his tenure at Pixar, Jacob helped the company grow into one of America’s most successful companies (all 12 of Pixar’s full-length feature films to date have been blockbusters!). Here are some of the rules that Pixar likes to live by.

1. When It Sucks, Say So.

2. Defend Your Opinion, Then “Hit Play Quickly.”

3. Look Upstream for the Source of the Problem.

4. Match the Medium to the Message.

5. Hire for Excellence.

Full Article Here.

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Why Success Always Starts With Failure

We found a great interview on Forbes with author Tim Hartford.  His idea is to use a biological analogy to explain problem solving.  The ideas he has can really be applied to solve almost any problem.  We hope you find them as helpful as we did.

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The Importance Of Being Curious

The only way to improve is by learning.  You learn from the mistakes you make and if you are lucky/smart you learn from mistakes others have made before you.  When it comes to learning you have to ask questions, better yet, you have to ask the right questions.  Seth Godin does a great job of explaining why it is important to maintain your curiosity.

 

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