The Good Luck Myth

It never ceases to amaze me when moderately successful people attribute their wins to luck. “I was just in the right place at the right time.” “I just got lucky this time.”

Have you found yourself falling into this trap? It seems fairly innocuous but it is a sign that a deeper problem exists. Attributing our success to an outside “force,” inoculates us against the more painful task of accepting responsibility for our failures.

As managers, salespeople, and leaders, we will have our fair share of successes. We should be humble. But never forget who closed that deal or trained that team. Luck is oppurtunity coupled with preperation. When we fail we can say “What is there to learn from this? What can I do better next time?”

But never can we attribute it to bad luck.