One of my high school teachers used to always say it’s better to be lucky than good.
I didn’t really agree with him but like many things, my perspective has shifted over the years. I can tell you many stories about where things could’ve gone a different way but this morning and last night, one particular situation is just on my mind.
The summer after my sophomore year at college I did an internship for PepsiCo, and the wildest part is I got that internship without ever meeting anyone in person. You see, I was in school in California and couldn’t be home in Chicago for interviews…
So I had one phone call with a lady named Trisha Fox that changed my outlook on what was even possible in my career. When I got the internship offer and she told me I would be making $13/hr, I felt like I was rich. But more importantly, it gave me access to see so many more options of what could be possible in my career.
But here’s the thing…
I put in a lot of work to get lucky by having a pristine academic record going all the way back to grade school, choosing a major that was highly employable, applying for programs specializing in placing high performing underrepresented minorities, and performing in the interview… not to mention being the best intern they ever had (according to me anyway).
The reason I’m telling you this is because while luck is important, there’s so much you can do in business and in your career to help shift the odds at least a little in your favor.
Here’s what to do next
- Take 2 minutes and think of 3 thing you can do to create some lucky in your career e.g. sending an email to someone you’ve been intending to catch up with or a book/class you’ve been meaning to get through
- Block time on your calendar to do those things and start creating some momentum for yourself
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