Hunting for luck and trying to “bag the elephant” can be a lonely and soul destroying approach to business and life. It’s difficult becuase it can take months , years or decades to feel gratification from your endeavours. The lack of immediate gratification is made worse when the dull suit wearing nine to five conventional [...]
Monthly Archive for June, 2010
Perhaps the most uttered ‘logic’ behind luck is “I was in the right place at the right time”. It is not really uttered as ‘logic’ though, the phrase is used in a glib sense to describe a mysterious phenomenon that is a form of luck in itself. Used in this way people are in essence [...]
There are many industries whose fundamental business model is The Pursuit of Luck. They include: The music publishing industry The book publishing industry Talent agents The film industry Venture capital Drug development Common to all of these businesses is that they take a portfolio approach to their clients / investments and they have a win some [...]
It’s not only companies like Red Bull GMBH and Apple Inc that can afford to do things differently, to experiment, to stage dramatic publicity stunts and to create awesome word of mouth programs. Small boring companies can too. K-Tec Inc, based in Orum Utah make blenders. Pretty good blenders by the looks of it, but on the excitement scale a long [...]
Former Prime Minster of Australia, Kevin Rudd has had a bit of bad luck today. He was knifed in Ceaser like style from the highest office in the land. Many of the country’s political journalists are all posing the question was his back-flip on climate policy one of key catalysts to his downfall? A better [...]
Taking a risk is about undertaking behaviour that it is hoped will lead to a specific and foreseeable reward. The behaviour exposes the person or an organisation to damage. The damage could be financial (Enron), physical (driving at 260 kmh on a wet road) or emotional like loss of reputation (BP) or embarrassment (male English [...]
Luck is an unexpected positive outcome resulting from an unforeseeable random collision of life’s interactions. <Image to left: ”The Wheel of Fortune” by Edward Burne-Jones, 1875-83 Read more about the painting and it’s relationship to the Goddess of Luck - Fortuna.
My good friend Carly is a Type A personality with an “A” that is in quotes, in upper case, bold and italics. Carly does not understand the concept of an introvert. Carly is educated, loud and opinionated. She loves conversation, cares deeply for others and enjoys sharp empathy with a very broad cross section of [...]
Last night I caught a cab from my office to a bar in the city for a few “Friday night drinks”. The cab driver, now a resident of Launceston Tasmania immigrated from Sierra Leone. Frances Blango is his name. He has a broad smile, perfect English and his large stature gives him a confident presence. Frances holds a Bachelor of Education and taught in Sierra Leone but [...]
One dream can change the world. One action can change the world. One person can change the world. The reason that my dreams and actions and your dreams and actions have not changed the world yet, is that they have not collided with the correct circumstances. Keep pushing, keep interacting and you never know.