Have you ever thought about how often the word “lucky” enters our daily vocabularies? As in, “Hey, he caught a lucky break,” or “Gosh, that poor woman is so unlucky.” Many of us think about luck a lot and wonder what we can do to change ours, to make it deliver more reliably, to boost our luck outcomes.
Just recently, I stumbled across a great Harvard Business Review article by Morten Hansen, “You Can Manage Luck. Here’s How.” Mr. Hansen was focusing his remarks on companies and executives in those companies, but his observations apply whether you work in the mail room or the corner office or don’t work for a company at all.
Essentially, you do yourself the most good by viewing life as “a flow of luck events,” preparing yourself to encounter the bad and learning to recognize the good, which may not be obvious at first sight. Mr. Hansen talks about the “zoom out, then zoom in” technique, where you focus on your objective, and act accordingly, rather than getting lost out in the weeds.
I’d like to add something here. You make your luck by getting out and getting exposure. Many years ago, I came across this revolutionary concept in a snippet-size posting in one of those women’s magazines you can still find in the check-out line at the grocery store. People who are perceived to be “lucky” are so because they’re out and about. They’re not huddled at home waiting for the phone to ring. What a concept.