Many people think that luck is just that, pure luck that hits you when you don’t even see it coming. Some even say it’s a matter of being in the right place at the right time and there’s really not much you can do about it.
Well, Dr.Tina Seelig, a Stanford professor, has a different opinion about luck, she even says that there’s no such thing as luck. In her 20+ years of experience at entrepreneurship she says it’s not that some people are luckier than others, it’s that these people simply try really hard to create their own luck.
She recently had a TED talk in which she explained the main things one should do in order to create one’s own luck and start building a path to success. Here are some of her main advices and the things she strongly believes will help you create your own luck.
Take calculated risks (step by step)
Many people say that in order to make it in the world you need to take risks, you need to step outside your zone of comfort and this is the only way you will succeed.
But Dr.Seeling has a more tactical approach to this strategy and she advises her students to think carefully about the risks they need to take in order to open themselves to luck. It’s not just taking any risks, these risks can be different for different people and their goals so a person should take calculated risks.
These risks can sometimes be really small, think about how we used to learn to ride a bike as kids. We first started with training wheels and that got comfortable. So the next obvious step would be taking them off and trying out without them. It will be a bit uncomfortable and maybe even scary at first, but soon enough you’ll learn how to maintain your balance and step by step you’ll achieve your ultimate goal – riding a bike.
Appreciate everything and be grateful even when you’re disappointed
Dr.Seelig advises everyone to be grateful and appreciate all things that happen to them. Showing appreciation and gratitude can really take you places, even if the outcome is not entirely satisfactory.
Your dream promotion was handed out to someone else? You didn’t get called for a second interview? Don’t wallow in self-pity, take a moment to appreciate the opportunity and be grateful for the experience. Thank everyone involved for giving you the chance and ask them what you can do to get the job next time. Now you know what to improve when the next big challenge comes your way.
Take out the good aspects from bad ideas
You think you have an idea but you’re afraid it will blow up in your face? It may very well do but even in the worst ideas there are some good aspects you may take advantage of.
According to Dr.Seelig, there are no good or bad ideas. She believes that even the worst ideas have something amazing at their root. You just have to know how to find it and take advantage of it.
We don’t get the chance to see what plays a role into making some people lucky. They probably haven’t always been lucky. The same goes for successful companies that come out with amazing multi-billion ideas. They probably didn’t get it right the first time and had a number of bad ideas on the path to success. But out of each bad idea they took something, they learned something and eventually made it work.
Take these advices and use them in your quest to success. Take little steps, venture out of your comfort zone, appreciate everything and everyone and use your brains to turn a bad idea into something you can use.