Do you ever have trouble discerning whether you’ve just received a lucky break or that all of your hard work is amounting to this stroke of kismet?

A friend of mine used the expression, “The harder I work, the luckier I get,” which answers that question for me. Yes, surprising opportunities can arise out of the blue, but it’s preparedness that allows opportunities to mount up and propel the trajectory.

I got that rush of excitement a week ago when someone who’d heard my @trimqueen interview on Instagram TV asked to write about me in a textile magazine. After pinching myself for this good fortune, I examined how my efforts had led to this occasion.

For starters, I made a list of 100 things I’ve done to ‘get lucky’ since I started Jane Pollak Designs shortly after the pandemic and quarantine changed lives everywhere last March. I had no trouble making the list as I am one action-taking person. After writing them all down, I categorized them to see where I spent most of my time.

Here are the categories I created in order of how many ‘things’ fell into each:

  1. Education/Research
  2. Promotion – Marketing
  3. Hiring help
  4. Networking
  5. Creation
  6. Maintaining Optimism/Spirit
  7. Asking for help and/or making requests of people
  8. Following up (tied for #7)
  9. Production – this was ongoing, but the heading only rated 5 entries
  10. Inspiration

This makes sense according to the saying (attributed to Thomas Edison), “1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.”

The nice thing about this list, for me especially, is that it will inform my next several blog posts as I share my learning. Looks like a good formula for anyone wanting to get lucky.

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