Are some people just born lucky? Perhaps. Do we like to think those who have achieved great things are just lucky? You bet! Oh you know you do. Maybe not all people we give some successful folks the credit they deserve. Sure, some people get the dream job out of pure luck, but I think most people work hard to get it. I read a great article called Are You Ready To Be Lucky on The99Percent.com recently offering some incredible career tips. I think we all know gone are the days we work at one company our entire career. Sure it happens, but it is super rare. I have worked at four different PR firms and two large corporations in my career and when I tell that to a Baby Boomer, they are usually surprised and give me a look of ‘oh, he must be a difficult worker.’ Nah, these days you gotta hop around.
My absolute favorite part of this article is where they discuss relationships (#2): Work, knowledge, and opportunities flow through people, which means that who we know and how we know them is our most important asset. But relationships don ‘t get built by exchangingbusiness cards. They get built with energy, care, enthusiasm, and, most importantly, time lots of time.
I highly recommend you check out the article here ‘s a teaser for you:
We ‘re at an interesting crossroads in terms of careers. We still want them, but they don ‘t exist anymore. In the US, the typical job tenure is now 4 years, with most workers cycling through about 11 jobs in their lifetime.
If the 20th-century career was a ladder that we climbed from one predictable rung to the next, the 21st-century career is more like a broad rock face that we are all free climbing. There ‘s no defined route, and we must use our own ingenuity, training, and strength to rise to the top. We must make our own luck.
The lightning-fast evolution of technology means that jobs can now become indispensable or outmoded in a matter of years, or even months. Who knew what a Community Manager was ten years ago? What about an iPad App Designer ? Or what about Chief Scientist (at LinkedIn)?
Ten years from now, we ‘ll probably all be doing some new type of work that we couldn ‘t even possibly imagine today. The thought is both exhilarating and frightening. How do we prepare for a future filled with uncertainty?