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Get Lucky: How to Put Planned Serendipity to Work for You and Your Business Audible – Unabridged

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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 9 hours and 9 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • Audible.com Release Date: August 6, 2012
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TW67DU
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Format: Hardcover
I have mixed feelings about the book. The authors: Thor Muller and Lane Becker in Get Lucky take the interesting topic of luck and attempt to explain its scientific principles. To get luck or find serendipitous events you should posses eight skills: Motivation, Preparation, Divergence, Commitment, Activation, Connection, Permeability, and Attraction. Each of these topics is broken down ad nauseum. Each given a chapter of their own.

Chapter two was difficult to get through. I put the book down a couple of times wondering if I would return to it. I am glad I did. Chapter three starts off much clearer and does not seem to beat every point so deeply that it gets confusing to read. After two the chapters work a little better. The writing style of the book certainly points out that there was more than one author doing the writing. Some chapters seem to get in to too much detail where others are clean and present great stories fill with sound advice.

Muller and Becker present the case the luck comes to those that are aware it exists, prepare so that it will appear, and then notice it and act on it when it arrives. Luck they say presents itself as moments of serendipity. A time when preparation meets opportunity. The book describes luck not so much as luck, but as an event that can be acted upon if it is noticed. It is in the eight skills listed above that will help you make the most of serendipity.

Overall I liked the book. It gives some good points to be aware of to make the most of good opportunities when they arrive. The book could have been cut short and, at times, seems to be full of a lot of filler. If you can separate out the valuable content you'll get some great ideas to help you grow your business or expand your personal growth and brand.

Good reading.
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I've been "lucky" in many aspects of life, one of the most rewarding of which has been to work for, as an employee or independent consultant, some wonderfully creative and successful businesses. I've worked for startup companies that have grown from one-person shops to become renowned global enterprises with hundreds of employees. I've worked for self-made business owners who did not let their upbringings in humble circumstances prevent them becoming multimillionaires.

I've seen firsthand many characteristics of successful business people including extraordinary intelligence, mental flexibility that rapidly adapts to changing business conditions, highly specialized knowledge of a particular industrial or commercial niche, a love of their field of endeavor, absolute confidence in themselves and the products and services they provide, a spirit of fairness, positive expectations, a passion for excellence, and the ability to instill these qualities in a team of employees through inspired leadership.

If you break it down to the "nth degree" there are thousands of traits that work together to create a successful business. Maybe that's why there are thousands of business books that explain them. But there's one more aspect of business that doesn't get talked about a lot, and that's "serendipity." Authors Thor Muller and Lane Becker define "serendipity" as:

The best kind of luck--that creative force known as serendipity--is the luck that we attract to ourselves. To explain how planned serendipity works, we need to start with our own simple definition of serendipity, which we'll use from this point forward: serendipity is chance interacting with creativity.
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Format: Hardcover
One of the most relevant books I've read in a long time! Personally looking to get out of a work slump, I found GET LUCKY to do an amazing job of inspiring me, as well as giving me the knowledge and specific examples to motivate me. The book itself is an insightful and entertaining read, full of many treasures along the way. Although written by tech founders, the book is relatable to any line of work or type of individual.

The way our world functions is changing. Keeping within the stifling systems of corporate structure is a recipe for being left behind while those who are beginning to realize that working in a way that makes room for "luck" is how innovation happens. Thor and Lane, the authors of the book, break the book down by different factors that contribute to this way of working. They give detailed stories of various companies and individuals that have taken this route, as well as their own personal journey with the company they founded, "Get Satisfaction." It was interesting to read how easily we have been swept up in a stifling system. Thor and Lane's approach is intuitive, but was sadly lost throughout the past decades. I truly hope that this is the future and more companies begin creating the practices mentioned in the book.

Beyond creating space for innovation, Thor and Lane do a great job at giving examples of what to do once luck is found. This is the part I found to be motivational. Their stories range in scope from a door making company creating a new successful side business from their wood scraps to Pixar creating a workspace that creates more chance encounters.

The lessons here are many, most of which I plan to carry with me as long as my free thinking mind will let me. Definitely a must read for all generations.
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