4 Ways To Show You Have Valuable Skills, Not Just Luck

It’s easy to rag on others around us by attributing their success to sheer dumb luck. We excuse our own undersupply of skill, and diminish the hard work of those around us. “You see that guy making all those home runs—it’s luck, right?” Maybe, slightly maybe. It also could be that he runs more than you, sleeps with his Louisville slugger and puts forth 110% during practice time. 

Feeling lazy? Let’s head to the batting cages. 

Here are 4 things that all of these “super lucky” people practice: 

1. Play up your strengths. So often we want to be good at everything. Face the truth—we weren’t created to be amazing in all areas of life. We’re given uniqueness, talents and different personalities. Play to your strengths—you will accomplish more than you thought possible. As for your weaknesses, that’s why co-workers were invented. Where you fail, they succeed and where they fall short, you rise above the rest.  

2. Prepare in advance. Why are people unlucky? Because they didn’t prepare to be smacked in the head with opportunity. Be ready to catch what’s coming your way. When you do, you’ll be able to make that touchdown, goal or home run. Don’t be the in the outfield clueless, waving your glove around, and pretending that the sun was in your eyes. 

3. Begin early. Some people seem to have more hours in a day. It’s time to find ways to be more efficient and productive. Most of the people that surround you are not successful because it was handed to them. They planted the seeds early in their career and grew those ideas into profitable growth. 

4. Network until the sun goes down. People will be the key to helping you grab hold of opportunity. You never know what big opportunity can come from one small connection. But, there’s no need to blow up your social media and beg for followers—build relationships with those around you that are dependable and reputable. 

Staying in the game, no matter how tough the other team is, will always come out as a win—don’t let that screwball throw off your game either. Watch what everyone on the field is doing so you can take your game to the next level. 

As a manager, remember that you are here to use your power as the 3rd base coach. You see what’s happening out there with your lost players. Yell, throw your hat, jump up and down, whatever you have to do to get their attention. Once you’ve got it, guide them through the play and bring everyone safely home.