How to Create Your Own Luck: The "You Never Know" Approach to Networking, Taking Chances, and Opening Yourself to Opportunity

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Networking guru Susan RoAne shows readers how to exploit chance to create a bigger network of contacts, friends, and acquaintances—the key to new life opportunities. In How to Create Your Own Luck, she reveals the eight traits of successful people who make their own luck, rather than wait for it. Filled with engaging and instructive stories of real people who've turned serendipity into success, her book focuses on the eight counterintuitive traits that they all have in common, including talking to strangers, making small talk, dropping names, and even eavesdropping. This handy, real-world guide reveals the practical ways that anyone can create their own luck—opening up new opportunities in every aspect of life.

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If you’ve ever wondered why some people seem to have all the luck, Susan RoAne has the answer. In her previous bestseller, RoAne taught over a million people how to work a room. Now, the nation’s leading networking expert explains how to create your own luck. Drawing on her many conversations with so-called "lucky" people around the world, she offers a host of engaging stories that illustrate the eight practical strategies they use to turn situations of serendipity into success–and how you can put those same strategies to work for you.

How to Create Your Own Luck shows you how to bring about your own good fortune, rather than waiting for it to find you. Whether it’s landing a new career, a new client, or a new job, turning a hobby into a lucrative business, or even scoring those hard-to-get tickets to the playoffs, RoAne teaches you to consciously invite the right opportunities that lead to turning points in life and career.

You’ll read about the surfer who braved the cold waters of the Pacific ocean and designed the wetsuit; the recently graduated architect who decided to pursue his dream of a new career "designing and building" desserts; the mom on a budget who gave her salad dressings as holiday gifts and then turned them into a multimillion-dollar business; and the dad who scoured the want ads to find a temporary job to pay child support and eventually became the CEO of the company.

Their success stories are built on eight counterintuitive principles–namely, talking to strangers, making small talk, dropping names, eavesdropping and listening, asking for or offering help, straying from the path, making gracious exits, and saying yes when they want to say no. These are traits common to people who seem to find success easily–whether they realize it or not! The people we think of as "lucky" have mastered the art of openness and communication. They see the "you never know" possibilities that perfectly position them to take advantage of life’s coincidences. Here, RoAne outlines the simple strategies they implement every day to take control of their own professional and personal destinies. This is your chance to learn their secrets–and finally become one of the "lucky" ones yourself.

You’ll never know if the person sitting next to you could change your life if you don’t speak to them! The success you’ve dreamed of is within your reach–and it’s too important to leave to chance. How to Create Your Own Luck offers all the advice you need to ensure that your next stroke of luck becomes your next big break.

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Turn Random Chance Into Runaway Success!

"Luck is only ‘automatic’ when you know how to create it. Susan RoAne provides you a proven road map to make your own luck. I feel lucky to have read this book because one little paragraph saved me from ruining a major business relationship–and friendship. You deserve the luck this book will bring you–read it."
–David Bach, New York Times bestselling author of The Automatic Millionaire

"The harder you work, the luckier you get–but what kind of work encourages this ‘luck’? Susan RoAne’s story-filled guide to making good things happen in your career and your life will be a great kick-start to anyone determined to succeed."
–Jeff Taylor, founder and Chief Monster of Monster.com

"I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to achieve success! It offers both great anecdotes and valuable lessons–compulsively readable, with all the tools you’ll need to take your luck to the next level."
–Ivan R. Misner, PhD, founder of BNI and coauthor of Masters of Success

The eight traits of people who create their own luck:

  • They talk to strangers
  • They make small talk
  • They "drop" names
  • They eavesdrop and listen
  • They ask for and offer help
  • They stray from their chosen paths
  • They exit graciously, without burning bridges
  • They say YES when they want to say NO!

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