Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter.
Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
Can You Learn to Be Lucky? was just named one of Fast Company‘s Best Business Books of 2018!
Here’s a secret: even though it’s published by Portfolio, Penguin’s business imprint, I don’t really think of it as a business book. Most of the information pertaining specifically to organizations was cut from the final draft. The book is about social decision-making and how to be chosen by others, how random these decisions or factors influencing outcomes can be, and how to thrive despite this inherent randomness.
In hindsight, I wish I would have dedicated more pages to the importance of diversification. In every aspect of life that contains inherent uncertainties, the more baskets you can put your eggs in, the better: investing, work projects/companies, income/having clients, building relationships, mastering skills. Anything that is singular is fragile.
The process of publishing the book itself also taught me a lot about luck and randomness. I’ll be putting all of these lessons to use when the paperback comes out.