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Sue Painter

Sue Painter combines her decades of experience as a successful small business owner with her wisdom and life experiences to deliver pithy, funny, straight-as-an-arrow advice to wannabe entrepreneurs and established-but-not-making it business owners. Sue is known internationally for her coaching ...

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03/14/2011 11:09am
7 Magical Ways To Be A Lucky Entrepreneur

This week several countries celebrate St. Patrick's Day (Ireland, U.S., Australia and probably a few more). Most entrepreneurs would be happy to get a little St. Patrick's Day luck to bring some gold into the pot. Most of us believe that some people are just luckier than others, that luck comes from nowhere and randomly strikes a selected few. I'm here to tell you that entrepreneurs who seem to catch all the luck have a different mindset and different behaviors than those who feel they are never lucky. So in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, I'm offering 7 ways you can be a lucky entrepreneur.

1. The top way to be lucky is to be consistent in your business. In a word, follow-up. If you are a blogger, be consistent with your blogging. If you are using social media create posts and set them up consistently throughout the week. If you put out an e-zine, make sure you publish on a consistent schedule. You get the idea, right?

2. Be decisive. As entrepreneurs we are always on the lookout for new ideas and opportunities, but the luckiest entrepreneurs make quick decisions about whether they are "in" or "out" rather than paralyzing themselves with days of analysis. Remember that money likes decisiveness and speed.

3. Lucky entrepreneurs push against their own limiting beliefs. This means that when they feel doubtful or fearful they know how to listen to their internal voice and don't fall into the trap of believing the "I can't or shouldn't do that" which they hear. Lucky ones push through fear.

4. Lucky entrepreneurs ask for what they want. Instead of thinking to themselves "I won't get that" or "that client won't do that" they ask, as succinctly as possible, and wait to hear a "yes." This mindset creates more lucky opportunities than you can believe!

5. The lucky ones trust their own intuition. While they may also sit down with a piece of paper to write down pros and cons, lucky entrepreneurs always pay close attention to their own gut reactions.

6. To become a lucky entrepreneur, be willing to make mistakes. In fact, push against your fears enough that you make a few big fat mistakes each year. Then, consider yourself lucky that you tried something new that was big enough to challenge you and cause you to fail. Take some downtime to think about what went wrong and how to do it better next time. Lucky entrepreneurs make mistakes and get right back at it. Subscribe to "no failure, only feedback."

7. Shine your light for all to see. You've heard it said that luck is "being in the right place at the right time." The magic in that phrase is "being." Lucky entrepreneurs don't stay in their offices at their computers most of each day. They are out networking either locally or virtually. It's a given that there are people who don't have the luck of working with you because, simply, they don't know about you. Get it out there, and watch your luck change.

Follow these 7 steps and watch yourself magically transform into "one of the lucky ones" in no time. My bonus tip? It doesn't hurt to flaunt a little green on St. Patrick's Day.


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