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Analysis by VC Anthony Tjan, founder of Cue Ball, found that 25% of both entrepreneurs and corporate business builders consider themselves lucky.
That’s a big percentage for something considered random, dubious or non-existent, depending on whom you ask.
Further research found “a combination of what we call a lucky attitude and a lucky network” as opposed to random luck.
What happens next? Does that attitude continue as success mounts?
But the biggest risk for top leaders is being complacent and overconfident — which amounts to being disconnected from the reality, attitude, and relationships that can sustain and take excellence to a new place.
Tjan recommends seven MAP functions to avoid the disconnect:
- humility, the lack of which leads to arrogance;
- intellectual curiosity, the lack of which also leads to arrogance;
- optimism, looking first for the positive attracts great people, while the opposite repels them;
- vulnerability, the best preventative for arrogance;
- authenticity, which is lost when shrouded in spin; worse, believing the spin leads to arrogance;
- generosity, no matter your success, share your knowledge sans the ‘what’s in it for me’ attitude; and
- openness, willingness to a listen to new ideas from 360 degrees of non-traditional sources.
Read the article (it’s short) and then share your thoughts on luck below.
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