A Successful Leaders Guide To Getting Lucky

Successful LeadersHave you ever been envious of successful leaders? Have you ever wondered why all the good things happen to them? Have you ever questioned yourself and thought, “why can’t I be as  lucky as those successful leaders?” Do you wonder why good things happen to those successful leaders and why good fortune seems to follow them around?

The Secret of Successful Leaders

Well, I will tell you the secret of successful leaders …they get lucky because they do the work to create opportunities that appear to others as luck. Yeah, it is not really luck is it. Shamrocks, rainbows, and rabbit feet will not make successful leaders. Luck comes from creating opportunies that come to us as we get out of our comfort zone, take risks, and do the work that is necesary to create those opportunities.

I realized this week that as hard as my personal success plan is for me, there was something I still was not doing. I was not getting out of my comfort zone and creating opportunites. My personal success plan is hard for sure. I have a ton of goals and they require a large amount of discipline and focus to achieve. But therein lies the problem, I am doing a bunch of things, but very few of them require me to get out of my comfort zone, they just require me to work harder. There is no doubt that they will make me better, but “better” has never really been good enough for me.

A Successful Leaders Takeway to Creating Luck

So I challenge all you leaders, wheter you consider yourself a successful leader or not, to dig deep, figure out what you want to achieve and what opportunies you could create by stepping out and doing one thing everyday that will help to bring greater success. Keep at it, keep at it, and sooner or later, you’ll get lucky too, because as Elmer Leterman said, “Luck is what happens when preparation, meets opportunity.”

So, now that you’ve read this article, how are you going to use this information to create “luck?”

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About Todd Nielsen

Todd Nielsen helps organizations create miracles of success and profitability through the power of execution. Having served as Vice-President, President, Chief Operations Officer, and Chief Executive Officer of organizations, he has learned how to create a culture that "Gets Things Done." He is passionate about leadership, and is a dynamic and inspirational speaker.


  1. Nice one Todd! On quotes, the one I like reported as being by Gary Player when an envious rival commented on his bunker saves:

    “It’s funny – the more I practise, the luckier I get…”

    Great luck with the new venture, the effort you will put in will deserve it!

  2. Well said by Todd that the luck of successful leader as perceived by others is his or her hard work. I love to be successful but it is true that I hardly cross my comfort zone. Thanks for helping us to realize this fact.

  3. Jeffrey Smith says:

    Thanks a bunch for the info, and the web site really looks terrific.

  4. Luck has a lot to do with success, but you can increase your chances of luck finding you by WORK. It’s like fishing the more you through your line in the water the better the chance of getting Lucky. Great post Todd. Keep being a Blessing

  5. Came to your web site through Reddit. I am subscribing to your feed.

  6. craig baker says:

    …I guess I didn’t know Elmer ;)

  7. craig baker says:

    I think it was Vince Lombardi who said “luck is when preparedness meets opportunity”…..I don’t think its coincidence that preparedness comes before the opportunity!


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