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What’s Luck Got To Do With It?

Posted in The Business of Fashion

Is Luck "a sweet old-fashion notion?"  Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines it as "a force that brings good fortune."

Lately, people have said to me you are so lucky that you:

  • had great mentors who gave you counsel and guidance;
  • have great industry training;
  • got the opportunity to work on that project;
  • were nominated for that award; or
  • landed that exceptional job;

Sorry to burst your bubble, but "Luck" had nothing to do with it.  Hard work, determination and perseverance were the "force" behind every one of my major accomplishments.

Sure, the stars may align and help you get your first sale, your foot in the door or catch someones eye.  But, if you are fortunate enough to get your products into Fred Segal, for example, do you know what will keep them there season after season?

  • Good quality;
  • Consistent pricing;
  • Dependable Shipping; and
  • Treating the Retailer like a Partner

To paraphrase Scott Ginsberg (@nametagscott) from his recent post, Are You Profitably Patient or Destructively Passive:

You have to work hard, work smart and work long. That’s the trifecta of success nobody wants to face because it involves more sweat and less sleep.

Notice there is no mention of LUCK.  If you believe that your failure to achieve is because you weren’t lucky enough to be given an opportunity someone else got, you need to do some serious internal soul searching. 

You are not a victim, so stop whining and blaming others.

Take the pledge, answer the "Why Question," make a plan, and don’t be afraid to fail.

Be the master of your destiny.

photo credit: Takara Home and Garden