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The Little Risks You Can Take To Increase Your Luck: Tina Seelig (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Tina Seelig’s talk titled “The Little Risks You Can Take To Increase Your Luck” at TED conference.

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Understanding Luck and Its Creation

I’ve spent nearly two decades observing what makes people luckier than others and trying to help people increase their luck. You see, I teach entrepreneurship, and we all know that most new ventures fail, and innovators and entrepreneurs need all the luck they can get.

So, what is luck? Luck is defined as success or failure apparently caused by chance. Apparently. That’s the operative word. It looks like it’s chance because we rarely see all the levers that come into play to make people lucky. But I’ve realized, by watching so long, that luck is rarely a lightning strike, isolated and dramatic. It’s much more like the wind, blowing constantly. Sometimes it’s calm, and sometimes it blows in gusts, and sometimes it comes from directions that you didn’t even imagine.

So, how do you catch the winds of luck? It’s easy, but it’s not obvious. So, I’m going to share three things with you that you can do to build a sail to capture the winds of luck.

Embrace Risks and Leave Your Comfort Zone

The first thing you want to do is to change your relationship with yourself. Be willing to take small risks that get you out of your comfort zone. Now, when we’re children, we do this all the time. We have to do this if we’re going to learn how to walk or talk, or ride a bike, or even quantum mechanics. Right? We need to go from someone one week who doesn’t ride a bike to, next week, someone who does. And this requires us to get out of our comfort zone and take some risks.

The problem is, as we get older, we rarely do this. We sort of lock down the sense of who we are and don’t stretch anymore. Now, with my students, I spend a lot of time giving them encouragement to get out of their comfort zone and take some risks. How do I do this? Well, I start out by having them fill out a risk-o-meter. Now, it’s basically a fun thing we developed in our class where they map out what risks they’re willing to take.

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