Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Author:  Doug McCann
Forthcoming Book:  "So You're A Nice Guy and Want To Be In Business"

Doug McCann (Author) BlogOvernight Luck - Years In The Making

How often do we observe and admire someone who has 'made' it big?  He or she could be someone in business who has been very successful!  A singer/songwriter establishes a number one hit on the charts!  An athlete completes an award winning procedure or an artist paints a wonderful portrait!  How lucky these people are!!

Ah, but is it luck?  These people seem to make it look so easy and so natural.  We may think, "I wish I was so lucky or talented", or worse, conclude, "I could never do that!"

Well, on that thought, here is what Mark Cuban, owner of Landmark Theaters and Chairman of AXS TV had to say about such 'luck'.  "It doesn't matter how many times you fail. It doesn't matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because all that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are."

Back on January 29, 2018, I wrote in the Monday Muse Notepad about the number of times people like Steve Jobs, R.H. Macy, Thomas Edison and Sir James Dyson made several attempts before 'getting lucky'.  With numerous attempts and failures, one can learn volumes, and gain some invaluable experience.  Perhaps that's why they make it look so easy upon such achievement.

So if it's not luck, than what is it that drives an entrepreneur and steers the individual on the road to success?  We could start with determination.  Such an individual refuses to give up, determined to succeed at his or her goal.  I believe it's much more than determination though!  Could it be vision?  Well, vision certainly empowers an individual to recognize any number of factors, attributes, components, trends, etc. of which could line up or culminate into creating a need.  Vision may be powerful enough to recognize an existing need, a market demand.  However, I believe the real clincher, the real McCoy is a strong, almost stubborn belief in one's idea or concept, whether it is a service or a product!  How can anyone be so dedicated, so committed and determined about anything for which they held less than complete faith in its success?

Walt Disney said, "If you can dream it, you can do it."  I would add however, "You must believe it!"  Finally, you must "Go for it!"  Who remembers the 2005 American, computer-animated movie, "Robots" and one of its memorable liners?  The character, Bigweld (voiced by Mel Brooks), of Begweld Industries was famous for his motto, "See a need.  Fill a need!"  Bigweld's philosophy was simply to go from there in search of ideas to tinker with.  If we were to follow Bigweld's direction, our prerequisites would include qualities like resourcefulness, creativity, imagination and courage.  Education and money would definitely help, but certainly not first without the idea or vision.

So in conclusion success is anything but luck!  Call it faith, determination, vision and commitment.

As always, I welcome your feedback!