How to Create Your Own Luck: The You Never Know Approach to Networking, Taking Chances, and Opening Yourself to Opportunity

How to Create Your Own Luck: The You Never Know Approach to Networking, Taking Chances, and Opening Yourself to Opportunity

by Susan RoAne
     
 

If you’ve ever wondered why some people seem to have all the luck, Susan RoAne has the answer. In her previous bestseller, RoAne taught over a million people how to work a room. Now, the nation’s leading networking expert explains how to create your own luck. Drawing on her many conversations with so-called "lucky" people around the world, she offers a

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If you’ve ever wondered why some people seem to have all the luck, Susan RoAne has the answer. In her previous bestseller, RoAne taught over a million people how to work a room. Now, the nation’s leading networking expert explains how to create your own luck. Drawing on her many conversations with so-called "lucky" people around the world, she offers a host of engaging stories that illustrate the eight practical strategies they use to turn situations of serendipity into success–and how you can put those same strategies to work for you.

How to Create Your Own Luck shows you how to bring about your own good fortune, rather than waiting for it to find you. Whether it’s landing a new career, a new client, or a new job, turning a hobby into a lucrative business, or even scoring those hard-to-get tickets to the playoffs, RoAne teaches you to consciously invite the right opportunities that lead to turning points in life and career.

You’ll read about the surfer who braved the cold waters of the Pacific ocean and designed the wetsuit; the recently graduated architect who decided to pursue his dream of a new career "designing and building" desserts; the mom on a budget who gave her salad dressings as holiday gifts and then turned them into a multimillion-dollar business; and the dad who scoured the want ads to find a temporary job to pay child support and eventually became the CEO of the company.

Their success stories are built on eight counterintuitive principles–namely, talking to strangers, making small talk, dropping names, eavesdropping and listening, asking for or offering help, straying from the path, making gracious exits, and saying yes when they want to say no. These are traits common to people who seem to find success easily–whether they realize it or not! The people we think of as "lucky" have mastered the art of openness and communication. They see the "you never know" possibilities that perfectly position them to take advantage of life’s coincidences. Here, RoAne outlines the simple strategies they implement every day to take control of their own professional and personal destinies. This is your chance to learn their secrets–and finally become one of the "lucky" ones yourself.

You’ll never know if the person sitting next to you could change your life if you don’t speak to them! The success you’ve dreamed of is within your reach–and it’s too important to leave to chance. How to Create Your Own Luck offers all the advice you need to ensure that your next stroke of luck becomes your next big break.

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Editorial Reviews

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Networking guru RoAne (How to Work a Room) shares common-sense suggestions about how to network in this run-of-the-mill advice book. Using cute catch phrases (those who are open to opportunity are called "You Never Know It Alls"), she makes the point that folks create their own luck by having eight "unusual suspect" traits. (Of course, they also work hard, are persistent and have a positive attitude—the usual suspects indicating success.) These counterintuitive traits include making small talk; dropping names; eavesdropping and listening; straying from their chosen paths; and saying yes when they want to say no. Each chapter shares numerous stories of people turning serendipity (such as chance encounters) into success by utilizing at least one of these traits. "When we are open and pay attention to signs, signals, situations, and people, we are building our own internal serendipity generators," RoAne writes. However, aside from the inspiring examples, there’s not enough specific "how-to" to help readers apply RoAne’s advice to their own situations. While she puts a nice spin on basic networking principles, this somewhat repetitive book doesn’t add much to the Chinese tenet "luck is when preparation meets opportunity." (For another take on this subject, see Networking Magic by Rick Frishman and Jill Lublin) (Oct.) (Publishers Weekly, August 23, 2004)
Publishers Weekly
Networking guru RoAne (How to Work a Room) shares common-sense suggestions about how to network in this run-of-the-mill advice book. Using cute catch phrases (those who are open to opportunity are called "You Never Know It Alls"), she makes the point that folks create their own luck by having eight "unusual suspect" traits. (Of course, they also work hard, are persistent and have a positive attitude the usual suspects indicating success.) These counterintuitive traits include making small talk; dropping names; eavesdropping and listening; straying from their chosen paths; and saying yes when they want to say no. Each chapter shares numerous stories of people turning serendipity (such as chance encounters) into success by utilizing at least one of these traits. "When we are open and pay attention to signs, signals, situations, and people, we are building our own internal serendipity generators," RoAne writes. However, aside from the inspiring examples, there's not enough specific "how-to" to help readers apply RoAne's advice to their own situations. While she puts a nice spin on basic networking principles, this somewhat repetitive book doesn't add much to the Chinese tenet "luck is when preparation meets opportunity." (For another take on this subject, see Networking Magic by Rick Frishman and Jill Lublin, reviewed on p. 52.) (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471612803
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

SUSAN ROANE is the bestselling author of How to Work a Room®, The Secrets of Savvy Networking, and What Do I Say Next?, which have sold more than a million copies combined. She is also an in-demand speaker whose audiences have included Citicorp, Oracle, Procter & Gamble, Intel, and the Wharton School. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and has appeared on CBS, CNN, NPR, and the BBC.

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