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Where is your luck?Are things not going your way? Are you out of luck? Someone said to me, “All I need is a little luck.” It reminded me of the lottery commercial with the tiny guy who calls himself “a little bit of luck.” I decided to think about luck.

Last week I went to a tag sale and found the perfect leather bound small suitcase. I had been looking for one to use as a cabinet in my bathroom. I saw one in an antique store and I loved it but it was too expensive.  The woman at the tag sale had three to sell, all different sizes but didn’t want to split them up. (I’m not sure why I didn’t buy all three, I could have probably resold the other two.) The key to this story is they were  perfect and it was lucky that I found them but despite my bit of luck I didn’t purchase them. Sometimes we just don’t recognize luck.

I left the woman my name and  told her I would call her on Monday and if they weren’t sold maybe she would work a deal for me. This is what I call, “pushing your luck.”

Monday came and went and I finally called her on Tuesday.  She laughed and said she had waited for me to call on Monday because she still had the suitcases. Unfortunately since she hadn’t heard from me she sold them  10 minutes ago to someone else for 1/2 the price. Luck was with me in both instances and I didn’t jump. I asked myself, do I ignore luck? I can’t go home and say I lost out, luck had given me the chance. 

Luck is always with us; sometimes in disguise. It’s up to us to look at situations and ask ourselves the question, is this the luck I’ve been looking for? Or are you filled with self-doubt and wouldn’t know luck if you fell over it? Luck may be a chance meeting with an interesting person but you don’t get their name. We have a column in our local newspaper called “chance meeting.”  It’s where people describe their “sightings” of beautiful people who they’ve fallen in love with from afar.  Of course they never approached  their new love and went   away with terrible feelings of longing. And then what do they do? They put an ad in the “chance meeting,” describing the place, day and circumstances surrounding their nonexistent encounter. It seems they’ve missed their simple luck and now they’re looking for a miracle. 

I believe luck is all around us but you must look. My friend who religiously shops tag sales buying jewelry finally found a 10 carat diamond ring  with a platinum setting! For years he has buying piles of old jewelry with the hopes he would  have a little luck. Last week he got it. How did he find his luck, he kept looking.

My grandfather used to tell me the story about the lucky seed that fell from the farmer’s cart into a pile of dirt and was transformed into a beautiful plant. (Watch the video of the English story.) I was amazed as he described all of the wonderful happenings to these simple seeds. Maybe we’re all lucky seeds just waiting for a place to land. A place to be nurtured and transformed into something magnificant. The secret, you must supply  your own magic dirt.

Luck is always with us. You must be open enough to let it in; open enough to decide that everyday will bring you luck if you look for it. Making your own luck is often about connections. Is it being in the right place at the right time? Or is every place the right place?

Occurences are always happening. Consider Murphy’s Law, which states”what can go wrong will go wrong.” Where’s the one that states: “What will go right will go right?” Maybe we’ll have to make that one up. Joining things together will increase their meaning, relevance and usefulness if you consider what is called “the law of connectivity.”

The process of  connectivity or linking includes asking yourself: how do these two things connect to my life? Or how is a butterfly connected to the storm? In order for luck to occur you will have to “stop and explore” and then ask yourself the question.

There is a term called “metaphorming”; and is derived from the  Greek words meta (transcending) and phor (transference.) It begins with transferring new meanings and associations from one object or idea ot another. Todd Siler wrote a wonderful book called, “Think Like a Genius” and talks about the value of metaphorming.  It’s not a new word to describe thinking, it’s a deeper way of thinking and creating things. In times of strife or disturbance our minds often shut down, we get the “deer in the headlight” look instead of wondering, “how might these things be connected?” Or how will these two events help me?

Try it, go out and find yourself some luck. If your business  is causing the problem ask yourself, is this problem “bad luck” or “good luck” in disguise? Can this event bring me good luck? Follow your instincts, engage in a chance meeting and always remember that luck is just wating to be found. 

Remember Pablo Picasso’s lifelong aspiration was to ceate like a child, which meant returning  to the original wellspring of creativity. In describing his creative  process, he said, “I do not seek: I find.”

What are you waiting for? Luck is probably waiting for your out your front door. I’m off to have lunch and see if my luck is in my friend’s coffee shop.

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Lisbeth Calandrino is an award winning trainer, entrepreneur, and blogger and has spent over twenty years developing custom tailored marketing and customer service programs for businesses. Her recently published book, Red Hot Customer Service, 35 Sizzling Ways to Heat up Your Business and Ignite Your Sales defines the steps necessary to build a competitive advantage and turn great companies into unforgettable or red hot companies. Lisbeth admits that much of her knowledge came from her Italian grandfather who despite very little formal education and a limited English vocabulary, managed to became both successful and wealthy. Lisbeth has wonderful stories about Grandpa DiBiagio’s and her time spent learning how to managing Grandpa’s fruit stand. Because of Lisbeth’s experience as a business owner, having been the managing partner and owner of 7 furniture and carpet stores for 14 years, she is able to bring her extensive business knowledge and experience to all of her clients. Lisbeth’s awards include executive of the year award from the International Executive Association, Albany chapter (a business networking group) and first place honors in an international marketing contest for alternative medicine. A two time cancer survivor, she has spoken extensively about her experiences of cancer, offering words of comfort and inspiration. As an activist, Lisbeth has initiated and contributed to many charitable causes. She has worked with at-risk youth, spoken out against injustice and advocated to and helped to build resources for women. As a presenter, Lisbeth Calandrino is highly motivational, information-rich, and very entertaining. Her acute business sense, contagious enthusiasm, positive energy and fun sense of humor make her a dynamic presenter. Lisbeth is a member of New York, Historic Albany Foundation, educational director of Business Referrals Networking Group and member of the board of directors of the Animal Protective Foundation of Scotia, New York.

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