- Good fortune is a function of attitude.
- Openness to experiences without obvious benefit often leads to the most rewarding pathways to success.
- How will you create your own luck this St. Patty’s Day?
Maybe it’s all the shamrocks and green ties everywhere, but we’re thinking a lot about luck today. Not the end-of-the-rainbow kind, but the sort of serendipity that changes lives in ways big and small. And one way that cultivating the right network can be valuable is that it allows you to make your own luck. Networks, after all, are just systems of opportunity.
Networks, after all, are just systems of opportunity.
She got the job.
“It catapulted me into a whole new world,” says Haberfeld (who also met her husband through her new situation). “I did better work than I ever thought possible and cemented my commitment to pro bono practice, which laid the groundwork for everything professional that came afterwards.”
What came afterwards was 9/11. Haberfeld one again said yes, volunteering to organize legal services for victims’ families—and once again this openness resulted in a life-changing connection. When New York’s then-Chief Judge Judith Kaye made an impromptu visit to the Victim Services Unit, she was barred from entry by recently imposed security restrictions. Haberfeld, once again in the right place at the right time, helped Kaye gain entrance. The two spent hours touring the center, reading letters of support and looking at missing-persons posters. They also wept together. “Thus began one of the most important relationships I’ve ever had,” Haberfeld recalls, “as both a lawyer and a person.”
“I have a philosophy that much of what we call ‘luck’ is just preparedness combined with openness,” says Haberfeld.
“I have a philosophy that much of what we call ‘luck’ is just preparedness combined with openness,” says Haberfeld. “When you look at the lives of lucky people, you can see a pattern. They’re open to unexpected things, and they’re ready to receive whatever consequences may arise from them.
What to do: You can’t win the lottery without buying a ticket. The same is true when it comes to relationship capital. While many professionals are open to obvious networking opportunities, far fewer recognize the benefits of serendipitous participation. In other words, whenever possible just say “yes.”
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