A CEO of a tech startup was once sitting in front of a big pile of applications for a position. She lifted roughly half from that pile and tossed them in the trash can. His aghast partner asked, “What did you just do that for?!”
“I don’t want to work with unlucky people,” she replied.
While the above anecdote may seem a little extreme, it does manage to drive home an important point. Luck is important. Getting lucky is as important as skill, hard work and persistence. In this book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell describes how so many of the great success stories we know involved people getting a lucky break in one way or another.
So how can you make luck work in your favor? Are there any ways you can increase your chances of hitting it big when it matters? Co-founder of Get Satisfaction and co-author of “Get Lucky: How to Put Planned Serendipity to Work for You and Your Business”, Thor Muller, has this excellent advice.
Get out of the cubicle, and work for a few hours in the lobby, cafe or cafeteria where visitors are coming in and out all day. You might also attend local meetups or conferences, but rather than targeting other people based on where they work or their job title, avoid looking at nametags altogether. The people who seem least likely to be able to help you (e.g. that crazy guy in the tie-dye t-shirt) might just be the most helpful of all.