What do “Forrest Gump”, “Slumdog Millioanaire” and Successful Entrepreneurs have in Common?

March 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Start-up NOW

Anthony Tjan, in a post in the Harvard Business Review sites the Movie “Slumdog Millionaire” as a must-see film for entrepreneurs.  “Slumdog” is about how you can create your own luck. According to Tjan, so many successful entrepreneurs talk about the role of luck in their careers, but it is equally true that they put themselves in the pathway of opportunity.  Tan compares the film to “Forrest Gump”  saying that in both films “the protagonists, like great entrepreneurs, have a boundless optimism and openness that allow luck to come to them.”

When successful entrepreneurs site the “luck” of “being in the right place at the right time” and knowing the right people, what are they really saying? Do you think any of these people would have a success story to tell if they had stayed in their office in front of the computer waiting for their “luck” rather than being out there with optimism and open to meet the right people?    I believe it’s about creating your own luck by getting yourself out where you will be in the path of those opportunities because you can’t catch the train if you are nowhere near the tracks.

What’s on YOUR calendar this week that could put YOU in the pathway of opportunity?

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