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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 is a problem solver who believes that most professional challenges—whether funding, landing a board position or getting a new job—are solved by tapping into networks.Kelly is a popular speaker on networking, community building and investing issues, especially as they relate to women, and has worked with the IEEE, PGA, Bank of America, Apple and countless others. Follow Kelly on Twitter @jkhoey and on Instagram @jkellyhoey and join the #BYDN community at