Luck - it seems elusive, improbable, and above all, mystical. To some, luck does not exist. It is instead a somewhat infuriating object that is often credited for being how and why many entrepreneurs have succeeded (and perhaps, why they have failed).
To others, luck is something else. It is an intangible and indescribable combination of skill, timing, and connections. It exists, all around us and all the time, but does not bestow itself upon just anyone. Instead, you have to chase it and catch it for yourself.
Want to get luckier? Then you have to put yourself in a position to take advantage of opportunity when it presents itself.
1. Ask Questions
This should apply to every aspect of your entrepreneurial life. Don't restrict it only to your mentors or leadership circle - ask questions of your vendors and designers. Ask questions of your employees and of the people who run your overhead (even your landlord). Become intimately familiar with every aspect of your business, so much so that you feel totally comfortable with every part of it. This will not only take you to a place where you can make the absolute best decisions for your company but where you can also present yourself as a person who wants to learn more and be better for it.
2. Say Yes
While the game of "say yes" may crop up only for bachelor weekends or one-off date nights, you can harness the core idea and implement it into your own growing business strategy. Tone it down, trim it up, and learn to say "yes" when people approach you or your company. While you don't have to say yes to people asking you to work for free (and really, you shouldn't say yes to that), you should consider saying yes to mutually-beneficial arrangements, to project partnerships, to internships (both that you hire on or that you take yourself). Every "yes" is a learning experience, and one that will further increase the curiosity of yourself and your company.
3. Seek Help
Foster a culture of communal learning and support by modeling an attitude of seeking help. Ask it not just of your superiors but of everyone in your life. Ask for help in technical matters, but also in creative and more intangible fields as well. Get input from people whose values and ideas you trust. This shows two things - first, that you're willing to learn; second, that you want to be better.
4. Admit Mistakes
It can be a hard lesson for anyone to learn, least of all a manager. We think in terms of dictating responsibility and telling other people what to do; it's almost natural to pin our own failings on those beneath us. But when you've messed up - whether it's a tiny action like forgetting a weekly order, or something really big - you need to step up and accept. And not just to yourself, but to everyone in your flock. Showing that you not only have the ability to admit your mistakes, but to own up to them? That takes real leadership.
5. Step Back
Once you reach the point where you have people working for and with you, you'll have to accept something else - if you've hired them, that means you trust them. And if you trust them, that means it's time to let them do their jobs. Your business is your baby, and you want to keep it safe. To run it the way you dreamed of running it, and to keep it in line with your own vision. But micromanaging is one of the quickest ways to run people out of your life - and your business. Stabilize your business, hire your people... and then step back and watch the magic happen.