Strategic Luck

Monique Mills, MBA, PMP
2 min readJul 11, 2021

There is no such thing as “strategic luck” — I just made that up.


Because it’s the best description I could come up with for my career.

Basically, I grabbed opportunities I was most interested in at the time. There was no strategy back then, but now that I understand more about life, the world around me, and careers, I’m undoubtedly strategic. I won’t accept just any opportunity or client in my business.

The opportunities I accept MUST:

  • have an impact on the world that I respect and want to be a part of
  • use my skills, gifts, and talents (meaning that I don’t want to do something just because it’s easy)
  • be with people whom I respect and who respect me and what I bring to the table

Strategic luck is a phrase I made up, but these 3 pillars were formed over time due to my lived experiences.

“If you live long enough” (this is a phrase my elders always use), you’ll find out that:

  1. All money is not good money. (FOCUS ON THE IMPACT)
  2. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. (USE YOUR SKILLS/GIFTS/TALENTS)
  3. When people show you who they are, believe them — the first time. (DON’T TOLERATE DISRESPECT. IT DOESN’T GET BETTER WITH TIME)

Now, take a moment to define your 3 pillars. I’d love to hear about them in the comments.

Note: There might be typos in this post. Autocorrect on phones can be such a gem 😉

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Monique Mills, MBA, PMP

Serial Entrepreneur — Strategy — Engineer (EE) — Tech Startup Founder —President of SMB Acqusiitions at Focused Innovation Group — CEO of TPMFocus —#womaninSTEM