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Be Lucky

March 17, 2010

By Mark Alfieri, Founder O2 Media, Inc.

“Diligence is the mother of good luck.” That’s the way Benjamin Franklin put it back in the 1700s.

The Roman philosopher Seneca said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

Here’s what I think (after years of experience – plenty of failures, some success – reading and listening to the stories of experts and those who’ve been through it all)…

Luck is a force that makes things happen.

You want more luck…
1. Prepare. Work hard to be ready for the opportunities that are important you. Research. Practice. Perfect.
2. Be awake. Pay attention to the people, events, and things around you. Evaluate logically and trust your gut instinct.
3. Take action. Put yourself out there. Explore. Be vulnerable. Make contact with people. Take risks.
4. Expect positive results. Optimism improves your chances. If (when) you fail, embrace the lesson and continue on, smarter.

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