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Luck critical success factor career

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Luck is really important in your career (both good and bad luck)


Success isn’t just about how hard you work – it is also about how smart you work and what luck you get along the way.


Success = Hard work x Luck


In the modern world we’re told that we get everything we deserve – it is all down to our hard work, all about the hustle.


While hard work is important – it doesn’t tell the whole story. Luck plays an important role.


Encouragement, accident and lucky breaks

I think where people tend to end up results from a combination of encouragement, accident, and lucky break, etc. etc. Like many others, my career happened like it did because certain doors opened and certain doors closed.

So it’s all about trying to find the best fit between your talents and what the world can offer at that point in time.

Alain de Botton– Philosopher, writer, television presenter, and entrepreneur

As quoted in “The Art of Connection – A Conversation with Alain de Botton” by Kim Nagy in Wild River Review (19 November 2007).


We build myths about how we did it all ourselves without anyone’s help


A dangerous career myth is, “I did this myself.” At least one person would have taken a chance on you or significantly helped you. It’s dangerous because we become lost in our own ‘doing it tough’ story and that gives us an excuse not to help others.

You got a lucky break – give someone else a lucky break.


Aon Hewitt – Importance of critical experiences

The study found that early critical experiences were key to helping make high achievers.

These critical experiences come about because leaders took a risk on early career talent.

Aon Hewitt – The Engaging Leader, April 2014

The risk with the myth of hard work is that it shames us for not being successful (look at all the stories on LinkedIn)


Successful people are lucky

People really don’t like to hear success explained away as luck — especially successful people. As they age, and succeed, people feel their success was somehow inevitable.

Michael Lewis – “Don’t Eat Fortune’s Cookie” Princeton University’s 2012 Baccalaureate Remarks

Watch the full speech here.


Don’t feel ashamed 😓 of where you are because LinkedIn is telling you you get what you deserve.


Hardwork 🛠️ is important, but LUCK 🍀 is even more important.

On LinkedIn we’re constantly being told how hard people work and how much they deserve their success. Hustle, hustle, hustle.

That’s not true. To be successful, you don’t just work hard, you are also going to be lucky!


What can you do to improve your luck critical success factor and be successful?

👀be aware to lucky opportunities,

🎲 find ways to maximise your luck (you might need to work smarter), and

🏄‍♀️surf that lucky wave when it comes your way.


Adopt my career habit’s to make your job work for you and make yourself luckier

learn names to build trust in organisations

Start with learning names – it will make all the difference in working with people more effectively.


Bad luck isn’t necessarily bad for your career – get made redundant

losing your job is good for your career resilience v4

Losing your job, being made redundant, could be just the lucky break you need to turn your career around.

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