Do you think you create your own luck in life and business?
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There is a common phrase we often reply with when somebody calls us “lucky”.
I’d rather be lucky than good.
When operating a business of your own there are many times you feel that all you need is one big, lucky break to push you forward on your way to riches.
Your lucky break may be getting your first client or getting your first lead via a targeted search term or even just getting a comment on your blog.
Whatever your break is there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of seeing your luck sooner rather than later.
While it you may think it’s better to be lucky than good it’s also important to improve your odds of being lucky by working hard at the things that increase your chances of catching lucky breaks.
Let’s take a look at a few of the ways you can find your lucky break.
Since starting this blog I have met and made connections with many great people in the outdoor industry.
My luck has also seemed to improve as a result of writing posts for this blog.
I’ve had the chance to discuss some great business ideas with brilliant minds and those amazing business ideas that always seem to be elusive are now always right in front of me.
I wasn’t sure what this blog would turn into when I first started it, but now a few ideas are coming together and I think it’s going to turn into something beneficial for all hunting business owners.
I feel both fortunate and lucky to have stumbled on a few great business ideas as a result of writing for this blog and the connections I’ve made along the way.
Starting a blog for your hunting business can be one of the most rewarding things you can do both from a business and a personal standpoint.
A blog is one of the best ways to create quality content that slowly build search traffic to your business Website over time.
A blog is also a great way to make connections. As more people visit your site and as you visit other blogs, you’ll meet some wonderful and influential folks in the outdoor industry.
A blog should be one of the biggest focal points for your hunting business on the Web if you’re looking to increase your chances of catching that lucky break.
Write about the things your customers care about and make sure you are passionate about the topics and the rest should fall into place.
It all starts with a little focus and your passion.
After that it will seem like luck is following you around.
One of the Web phrases that has reached mainstream over the past few years is “social media”.
Social media sites (the big ones that most people have heard of are Titter, Facebook, and MySpace) are places where Web users gather to make connections.
Still, some people are afraid of what social media sites can offer because people are generally afraid of change.
The truth is, social media is not really change. Social media is all about making connections just as you and I do every day in our offline lives.
We meet new people when we visit the bank or when we go to a conference.
Social media is exactly the same; the only thing that changes is the setting is now taken online and there are no location barriers.
I had a valuable experience when I wrote What is the Point of Twitter awhile back.
It’s a simple question that most people have about social media. They wonder what the point is of spending their valuable time messing around with something they are not familiar with. It’s a logical question.
The benefit of social media is the increase in your chance of making a connection that may lead to a business opportunity or perhaps even a sale lead.
Social media is simply about making connections and the more people you connect with the higher your chances are of catching your lucky break.
Thirst for Knowledge
One of the things I’ve always seemed to have is an inquisitive mind. I’m a Wikipedia addict. I don’t know how I ever lived without having all information available to me in a moment’s notice.
If I ever have a question about something or if I can’t seem to figure something out I will spend as much time as it takes to figure out the answer or solution.
The bad part about being inquisitive is that I can spend too much time on things that may not be important.
The benefit of being inquisitive is that I’m always looking for more knowledge on all topics and trends.
I’ve become convinced recently that it’s beneficial to try and stay current with the new trends and technologies on the Web (and offline as well).
I’ve come to accept that not all new technology and developments are best for every business and I’m likely to find a few that will fail, but the things I’ve found that have worked have proved to have benefits that far outweigh any setbacks that may happen.
I’ve even had people say that I’m lucky to find something so quick when they haven’t even heard about it yet (and I’ve said this to other inquisitive people as well).
So another way you can increase your chances of catching a lucky break is to stay on top of what’s going on both in the hunting industry and on the Web.
By staying up-to-date with new developments on the Web I’ve also been able to make more connections with other inquisitive people as well as people who have questions about the new technologies. I’m seen as an expert at times (I’m definitely not an expert at anything though) and people ask me questions about various new things that happen on the Web (and after they ask me I have to go to the people who I think are experts and ask them the same question).
Either way, staying ahead of the curve has led to new connections that have been beneficial for me and my hunting business.
Always be willing to take chances with new technology and developments and don’t be afraid to fail. It’s often the failure and lesson learned that lead to some of the biggest breakthroughs (the things people see as lucky developments).
As you can probably tell, most of these ideas for catching your lucky break involve making connections with people. The idea is to create mutually valuable relationships and connections with as many people as you can.
Valuable connections lead to leads for your business or potential readers for your blogs or even to long-term clients.
With the Web today, there are no location barriers so you can connect with anybody throughout the world. It’s exciting and overwhelming at the same time.
Don’t be afraid to jump right into new things.
Don’t worry about failing.
Don’t worry about meeting new people.
The people who continually make connections are the people who always seem to be luckier than the rest of us.
So, do you think you create your own luck in life and business?
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