With a Little Bit of Bloomin' GOOD Luck


With a Little Bit of Bloomin’ (GOOD) Luck

With a Little Bit of Blooming (Good) Luck and an Apology to Lerner and Loewe

St. Patrick’s Day is my favorite holiday. Growing up in Chicago made it a memorable experience. The Chicago River turned green in honor of St. Pat who was given a huge parade. In San Francisco, I’d buy green bagels for my students and wear my green leprechaun hat…but didn’t dye the cream cheese. Luck is the over-arching theme of March 17th!

Have you ever met someone, listened to them and thought, “That person has all the luck.” Yes, Lady Luck often gets credit for the wonderful events in our lives. However, if we carefully analyze the situation, we learn that luck has little to do with their successful result. What matters are the choices made and the actions taken by the lucky person; and those they wisely (you could say “luckily”) chose to avoid.

In my book, How To Create Your Own Luck I shared the stories of over 30 people from all corners of the world who turned serendipity into success and often lemons into lemonade. Each one exhibited different combinations of these Eight Counterintuitive Traits. So can you!

Trait One: “Lucky” people talk to strangers

First revealed in How To Work A Room, as an antidote to the warning – “Don’t talk to strangers”, this counterintuitive trait opened up a world of possibilities for most of the people. If you take a moment to think about it, you have had experiences that started with talking to someone you didn’t know.

Trait Two: They make SMALL TALK

As I travel across the country giving presentations, I have learned that many people hold small talk in low regard. You Never Know It Alls are not dismissive of small talk. It can start with kids, pets, food, parents, sports, books, and yes, even the weather. and that it often leads to BIG Talk.

Trait Three: They “drop” names

There is a school of thought that dropping names is a way of showing off and when we try to legitimize ourselves by mentioning the people with whom we spoke, dined, hung out or met, it is. But when you mention the name of someone you both may know, you’re establishing commonality.

Trait Four: They eavesdrop and listen

People who had situations arise out of coincidence and serendipity were people who not only listened and observed, but they had highly refined OVERHEARING. Keeping one’s ears open is not only a way to court information but also a way to do low cost ‘market research’.

Trait Five: They ask for/offer help

So many of us were raised with the old adage about “Making it on our own,” not asking for help but “pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps.’ The “lucky” people ask for help. They let people know what they need without applying pressure and they reciprocate.

Trait Six: They stray from their chosen paths

Some of the successful You Never Know It Alls were on paths that they had chosen but did not stay on course. When the “AHA” light bulb was lit, they allowed themselves to detour from their paths in order to pursue the new one.
There are association executives who were something else first: lawyers, lobbyists, teachers, engineers, accountants, doctors and volunteers. But they took the fork in the Robert Frost-like road and that ‘has made all the difference”.

Trait Seven: They exit graciously without burning bridges

Newspapers and magazines often carry stories of sports figures, entertainers and executives who leave their careers in a timely fashion. They know “when to hold ‘em, and when to fold ‘em.” And Shakespeare said it best, “All’s well that ends well.” The corollary to a gracious exit means not burning any bridges. Why? Because you just never know!

Trait Eight: They say YES when they want to say NO

A current trend, recommended as a time –management technique, is Just Say NO to anything that might require time and be an imposition. The subtext is that we are also saying no to any opportunities that might result if we only had said yes.

You may not do all eight but try a few to create your own luck!

About Susan RoAne

Susan RoAne leads a double life as a sought-after professional keynote speaker and a bestselling author. Known as The Mingling Maven®, she gives diverse audiences the required tools, techniques and strategies they need to connect and communicate in today’s global business world. The San Francisco Chronicle says she has a “dynamite sense of humor.” To hire Susan to speak for your company, association or college, susan@susanroane.com. 1.415.461.3915