by Craig Forman
Creating the Lucky Person’s Toolkit
When you achieve a clear sense of who you are and why you are here, you have taken the biggest step towards creating more luck in your life.
But if such clarity is the foundation, what is the structure of the lucky and successful life? “Being a dreamer isn’t enough,” says Howard Schultz, CEO and founder of Starbucks. “If you want to achieve something in life, you need a different set of skills to set those dreams in motion. Once you cross the divide where your dream begins to take shape, you graduate from being a dreamer to being an entrepreneur.”
In studying luck and success for my book, ‘Be Luckier in Life,’ I often thought: “Wouldn’t it be great simply to have a checklist of all the things you need to have in order to make yourself more appealing, and thus create the environment where more luck can happen?”
At first, I could hardly believe that no one had taken the time to try to do this before. But although many people have written and spoken on personal success, I still couldn’t ﬁnd the organized checklist that I sought.
In my research on luck, I developed such a list, which I call the Lucky Person’s Toolkit. These are the characteristics, traits and skills that experience shows you need to be luckier in life.
Every person — no matter how successful or lucky — can continually work on these attributes and make themselves even stronger.
There are six main ‘tools,” or skills: People Skills, Conceptual Skills, Track Record, Taste, Judgment and Character.
Let’s look at six of them, quickly (There is much more in the book):
- Develop People Skills: These include Emotional Stability; Energy and Outward Focus; Friendliness and Agreeableness; and Conscientiousness.
- Develop Conceptual Skills: Intellect; Openness to Experience; Organization.
- Build a Track Record: Specific Depth; General Breadth; High Achievement and Results.
- Acquire Taste: Discernment and Appreciation.
- Develop Judgment: Faith and Belief; Loyalty and Love; Value and Values (and how little they have to do with price).
- Build Character: Ambition and Drive; Guts, Courage and Persistence; Competence and Expertise; Integrity and Moral Fabric.
These characteristics are the structural elements of a life that will have maximum opportunity for luck and success. But, to strengthen these skills, you’ll need “repair” time to study and truly understand where you are weak. From introspection and trustworthy feedback(not just from “yes wo/men”), you will be on track for improving your skills.
So, what is the design? What shape will these skills take? That is determined by four key questions that you need to constantly ask yourself, and the world around you:
“Repair Time” Questions:
1. What are your core values?
2. What core values do you esteem in others?
3. What do you need from others?
4. What do you want to contribute to others?
Since this is the start of the New Year, it’s a great time to answer these questions. You may find your answers skew a certain way based on a life event such as a job search or a change in your life. The beauty of this is to frequently ask yourself questions. They will show what you need of from others but also what you can contribute. It’s a virtuous circle!
Store your answers and remind yourself to look at them at the end of the year. (set a reminder in your calendar). You just might be pleasantly surprised.
Craig Forman is the author of Be Luckier in Life, an Amazon best-selling career guide. He weaves his first hand knowledge gleaned from interviews with top leaders to help people and organizations learn how to profit from opportunity by making luck happen.
Forman has deep knowledge of and experience in the changing media landscape, with a focus on innovation and change leadership. He speaks to audiences about managing change and creating more luck! You can also follow him on Twitter: @cforman