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Wednesday, April 26th 2017

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Own Your Career & Design Your Luck

Lucky When people look to CEOs and their companies for inspiration, most of the time all they see is the success. What people don't see is the hard work, dedication, and commitment that got those companies there. They hope to be lucky enough and maybe even rely on luck to be successful one day with their future endeavors. However, successful business owners created their own luck because they worked hard and followed their passion. The one thing all entrepreneurs need to know is that “luck” is mostly by design. Actual luck, which can be good OR bad, is only 10% of the game.

Most people just assume that when people are successful, it is because they got lucky, but co-founder of Volcom, Thom McElroy, was tired of hearing people constantly tell him how lucky he was. What people did not know was that while he was building Volcom, he was simultaneously working at his design company. From that experience, these are the three propositions Thom McElroy has shared on how to design your career and how to create your own luck:

  1. 1. Passion
    • Really dig deep and find what drives you. Be all in as you pursue the things you are passionate about and do not waste your time with what you are not.
  2. 2. Risk
    • When creating a business, there is risk in everything you do. Measure those risks and be smart as you take them. And while you may experience some fear, refusing to take any risks at is just as big a risk as any.
  3. 3. Trust
    • Believe in yourself and the talent and ethics that you have. Continue to work hard and trust the opportunities that come your way.

When it comes down to it, always remember to listen to your instincts. Pursue the things that matter to you and dive all in. If you are not passionate about what are you doing, then why are you doing it? No matter the risk, be smart. But always remember to trust yourself and allow yourself to trust others and also instill trust in the people around you. Lastly, remember to enjoy the ride because you only get to do it once.

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