Luck and fate. It's something that comes up in life and business constantly, whether or not you believe in either of the two.
"She's so lucky, I wish I had gotten that interview!"
"The pieces just all fell into place, what can I say! It was fate!"
I was listening to an episode of one of my favorite podcasts recently, #girlboss radio, and whichever guest was on at the time continually kept saying how much of her career had been driven by luck. By simply being in the right place at the right time, it had catapulted her into a place she had never dreamed.
Personally, I believe luck does matter in business. Sometimes the situation has to be right for your idea to stick. Sometimes we have to be patient and wait for the market to meet us where we're at. Sometimes we're too early to the game. Or too late.
I think admitting that luck and timing matters in business is really hard for some business owners. It's discouraging and frustrating to know that everything we do is in someway out of our control. Our success isn't entirely our own. I mean, how freakin scary is that?!
I also think most people struggle to admit that luck, timing and hustle are NOT mutually exclusive influences. Actually, I think that when they come together they're the whole recipe. Yes, luck matters. Luck pushes us in the right direction at the right time. But if we don't hustle when lady luck favors us? What then? Would all of the greats have been successful if they had simply rode on the coat tails of luck without doing the work?
I don't think so.
So, I'll keep hustling. And keep on keeping on. The only part of this crazy equation we have any control over is the blood, sweat, and tears we put into everything we do. So yeah, luck matters. But when luck comes my way, I'm going to be ready.