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"The Harder I Work…




... the luckier I get" is a quote ascribed to several people.  

I have often been described by people who don’t know me well as being “lucky”: in the right place at the right time, etc.


  • My letter asking if there were any vacancies as a window dresser arrived on the day the junior window dresser handed in their notice.
  • When a theatre marketing job came up, I was contacted because I had been talking to people about how to get into the profession.
  • When asking a contact to help me revamp my CV, she offered me a job project managing her new business.

But it's not just about me:

  • A fundraiser friend got a celebrity patron for her charity because having lucked out via the actor’s agent, she happened to mention it to an acquaintance, whose girlfriend was the actor’s PA.
  • A client wanted to reach the then editor of a leading newspaper.  She mentioned it at a networking meeting and someone in the group turned out to be the editor’s house sitter.


Yes, these all seem like luck or coincidence, things which happen by chance.  However, in every case, there was an intention and an action (or a series of actions) which had to be in place first.  I had to write letters; get into networks; let people know what I was doing/wanted to do.  The fundraiser had to identify the potential person they wanted to get the charity message out.  And in all cases, once the “coincidence” happened, it had to be backed up with a track record of hard work and knowledge.  So you have to do the work, meet the people, know what you want and get the message out.  

Trusting to luck is a nice idea, but luck never shows up unless you do.



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