“You’re so lucky your business took off”
“You’re so lucky the market accepted your idea”
“You’re so lucky you know that guy”
“You’re so lucky you have this skill set”
These are some of the most common phrases every Successful entrepreneur has heard.
But all that can’t be further from the truth.
Most people have this believe that your success in starting a business is linked to some unexplainable force and factor that is way beyond the control of a human being. They believe that if not for this unexplainable force that you were blessed with, they too would have been successful. They tend to credit this force over the hard work you put in in a bid to make themselves feel better for not doing the same.
But like an iceberg, where only your success is visible to the world, the main bulk of your success comes from the things left unseen. The blood, sweat and tears you put in. Nobody sees that.
While we do agree that luck does contribute to the success of a business to a certain percentage, it is up to me as an Entrepreneur to make sure that that percentage i leave to luck is as little as possible and for luck to play as little a part as it possibly could.
“I wasn’t lucky. I worked hard to achieve the goals I set for myself. – Li Ka Shing”
We don’t launch products and hope that luck would take the business off the ground. The product is launched after countless prototypes, trials, market study, focus group studies. We tweak the product and make sure it solves problems faced by the general public. We get feedback and modify our products to ensure general acceptance. It wasn’t luck.
We don’t launch services and pray for market acceptance. We work on all aspects both offline and in digital marketing such as getting a good web designer, social media marketing etc. We worked hard to put our solutions in-front of our audience through our SEO services for them to know about us. It wasn’t luck.
I didn’t come into this world knowing a business mentor/potential investor. I went up to him and asked him to mentor me. I worked hard and squeezed time to build and maintain that relationship. He had no obligations to teach/invest in me, I worked hard to make it that way. It wasn’t luck.
I didn’t come into this world with any natural skill set other than to cry, crawl and swim. I took the time to learn what I do today. I spent hours reading and learning, then I spent hundred more hours trying and practicing, then I spent a hundred more honing my craft. It wasn’t luck.
None of these were luck, it was hours and hours of unseen hard work that i put in over the years that eventually led to my success.
When Hong Kong richest Li Ka Shing was voted Man of the year in the 80s.
An interviewer from Radio Television Hong Kong asked him “How much of your success is due to luck?”
He replied in a broad and typical of him manner and said “I cannot deny it’s the times that create Heros”
and that was it till many years later when he took another now famous interview where he explained:
“I was being modest then, today I can be frank. When i started my business, I almost certainly did not rely on luck. I relied on work, hard work and ability to make money”
Everybody wants to be the one standing on top winning the Olympics, no one wants to know about the hours spent training everyday.
That “0.01” sec win in a 100m race? It wasn’t luck. It was the years spent training and the same can be said when you are an entrepreneur.