Wednesday, October 31, 2012

How You Can Get Lucky In Business – Learn from Rakuten CEO, Hiroshi Mikitani

Photo by Tim Geers on Flickr

You may have never heard of Rakuten Ichiba before.

If so, then let me tell you that you can call it “Japan’s Amazon”. In fact, Rakuten now has expanded to various countries in the world, including Brazil and Indonesia. The company has been listed at number 7 for the most innovative company in the world according to Forbes.

Rakuten’s CEO, Hiroshi Mikitani, is not selfish. He is willing to share his tips on to be successful in business from his experience of growing the company.

From his blog on LinkedIn, Mikitani once shared some tips on how you can be a lucky person. You know, often times when you see someone being successful, other people will say that he/she is “just lucky”.

But what does luck mean?

You may have heard the wise words that say “luck is when opportunity meets preparation”. Or, that “the harder you work, the luckier you get”.

Well, Mikitani has another thing to say. There’s a secret of how you can actually be “lucky” and successful in whatever it is you are doing now (in my case it’s making money from blogging J).

Ready to find out what the secret is?

First of all, you can only achieve success from the accumulation of 0.01% improvements over and over and over again. So if that is the case, it is very difficult for someone to be “just lucky”, right?

So that’s the secret.

The answer is to move forward and keep improving 0.01% at a time until you reach 100%. It’s not merely trying to work harder and more often, but to keep improving every single time.

The key here is that you should be an “action oriented” person.

There’s another lesson from him that I’d like to share: to get lucky, you need to be fast.

According to the Japanese billionaire, time is much more important than skill. It’s a matter of how efficiently you do what you do, so you should think, decide, and act quickly.

Failure will always come up your way, but if you move swiftly you can fail and get up faster than anyone else.

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