When you listen to a business leader describe their company’s success you will inevitably hear them discuss the clarity of their strategies and the quality of their execution.
What you rarely hear them say is that they were also lucky and, by extension, opportunistic.
The fundamental attribution error of success in business is the belief that it happens through pluck, ingenuity and hard work.
Since good luck is typically the byproduct of hard work, generosity and awareness, I don’t understand why so many leaders of successful organizations have difficulty owning their share of it.
To humbly accept the role of luck in the success of any enterprise is to admit the truth that the forces of randomness and change are far more powerful than our ability to control the status quo.