Lucky breaks

At this year’s FastTrack 100 Awards, I joined CEO of ARM, Simon Segars; Chief Executive of B & M Retail Ltd, Simon Arora; and co-founder of Fever-Tree, Charles Rolls for a discussion about creating innovative billion pound companies.

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We spoke about everything from spotting opportunities and taking advantage of them, taking risks, and getting out there and talking to people – read about our conversation here. But there was piece of advice that really resonated from our talk…

As Simon Arora said: "Everyone has lucky breaks in life. The reason the four of us are sitting on this stage and many others aren't is because we capitalised on those lucky breaks."

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I couldn’t agree more, and I’d go further to say entrepreneurs and business leaders must create these breaks. The way I see it, luck is a misunderstood concept. We must all create our own luck by taking the necessary risks to open the door to change, progression and success.

It’s not simply about being in the right place at the right time. People and businesses that are considered fortunate or luckier than others are usually also the ones that are prepared to take the greatest risks.

Richard Branson Fast Track 100 2017

There’s no such thing as an accidental entrepreneur – it’s deliberate, it’s conscious, and it’s hard work. To be an entrepreneur means to be interested in the world around you, and constantly looking for ways to improve what’s currently on offer.

How have you created your own luck? I’d like to hear about your experience in the comments below.

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