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Luck, Chance, and Fortune

By November 22, 2019July 6th, 2020No Comments
J. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

Time to stop wishing for a lucky break or chance introduction. It takes some real networking work to unlock good fortune and put your career in front of serendipity.

In this episode of the Build Your Dream Network podcast Kelly dismisses the idea that some people are just “lucky”. Luck is something you create. It is about choice. It’s about how you show-up and about your interactions with your network.

If you’re simply going through the motions (whether that is in your job or in a leadership role or organization you belong to) then good luck landing the luck break you’re dreaming of.

Key takeaways:

  • Do not be afraid to put in the time and effort when successful outcomes aren’t guaranteed.
  • Roll up your sleeves. You can position yourself for luck through hard work.

Take a listen. The episode concludes with three simple Build Your Dream Network action steps to ignite some magic and fire up the luck in your networking efforts.

What to listen for:

00:40    Is it luck or unnoticed hard work?

02:10    How Kelly positioned herself for luck in her management career

05:20    How Joe Styler positioned himself for luck at GoDaddy

07:44    Luck requires time and effort

08:14    Secrets to positioning yourself for luck


Luck is about choice, preparation, and a willingness to put in the work – regardless of the outcome. You position yourself to get lucky.” [01:49]

J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey

Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (1 of “10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene”). Empowering A Billion Women By 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. Not bad for a former corporate lawyer. She’s a limited partner in two emerging tech funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and can frequently be found on Twitter @jkhoey.