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How to Make Your Own Luck This St. Patrick's Day and Beyond

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Being a working boss babe is tough, and sometimes, it can be all too easy to sit back and leave it all up to chance–our professional development, potential opportunities, goals. It can be tempting to sit back and relax, because "hey, what's meant to happen will happen," right? It can be tricky to leave every little thing up to the luck of the draw. I believe our choices can make or break our successes, especially in the workforce.

Your attitude, your projects, even the mundane things you do each and every day are shaping your future, whether you realize it or not. What do you want it to look like? Well, this St. Patrick's Day, the ladies of Social Sunday are pushing ourselves to make our own luck and be proactive in shaping our futures, so we can reach new kick-ass heights in our careers–and beyond.
    
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Don't wait for luck to bring you what you want.
       
Don't rely on luck, or chance or fate or whatever you want to call it to move your career forward. YOU are the one working and putting in the hours, so make those hours count!  You are in the driver's seat when it comes to your professional career. You shape your future, your resume, your attitude; each and every headline you create or project you head is only adding ammo to your arsenal. Yes, other people can contribute to amazing opportunities, but girl, everything in life worth having comes from hard work. All of the boss vibes are spilling back into the universe. They'll all come back to reward you eventually, in one form or another. Networking is a GODSEND when you're on the prowl something new. Foster relationships with those around you (especially those in the same line of work as you) and put the effort in. Sometimes all you need is one connection to spark the next big conversation, and hey, who knows what will follow?
    
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Map out one thing you can start changing tomorrow.
   
Pick one thing you can start improving tomorrow. This doesn't have to be career-related! It could be anything from professional development to personal relationships. Me, I've been working on getting better at proofreading scripts and stories (I work in a newsroom). I've been double and TRIPLE-checking everything that gets published so nothing is missed. I don't make as many typos as I used to, thankfully, but I still do sometimes. It's a work in progress, and what matters is that I'm making an effort. Don't stand by and accept what you could be improving. Stick post-it notes everywhere to remind you of your mission, set reminders on your phone, even ask a co-worker to help keep you accountable so you can achieve your goals. 
   
Cut yourself a little bit of slack sometimes. 
      
You are constantly growing and evolving, so be patient with yourself. We're all human. Remember that everything is a work in progress, including you! It won't always be rainbows and unicorns. Rome wasn't built in a day, and you can't build your empire in one, either. The good thing here is that we as women can lift each other up. There's enough women-bashing to go around, so let's nip that in the bud. We are each other's biggest allies, so use it to your advantage. Seek out other boss ladies and collaborate on the brilliant ideas floating around in your heads–we know you've got plenty. ;)
   
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It's okay to fail. Everyone does, seriously!
   
One of the hardest things in the world is admitting that we've messed up. Maybe you turned in a project late, or made a typo in an article that thousands of people have already read, or just don't feel like you're living up to your potential lately. Don't let this deter you. Making mistakes is completely normal. It can be frustrating, we know, but everyone does iteven CEO's and women who seemingly have it all together on the outside! T he best way to navigate through mistakes is admitting what happened and taking proactive steps to correct it. Talk with your manager/boss about the situation and have an open discussion. Ask what you can be doing better and work to improve, so this won't happen again. And hey, ask about your strengths! Hearing what you excel at from someone who really knows your work can help you maximize those qualities in future work or projects.
    
Do you have pieces of advice you want to share with Social Sunday about thriving and surviving in the real world? Share with us in the comments!

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