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“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”


Luck or Hard Work: Small Business Success

The success of a small business may sometimes seem like sheer luck.  The truth is, the journey of their success is the combination of grit, sweat, hard work, many sleepless nights, and maybe a little bit of luck.  There are times when a business owner is in the right place at the right time.  And then there are times where they are developing their skills, facing challenges, and doing whatever it takes to succeed.

Right Place, Right Time

Luck can manifest in unexpected opportunities; a chance encounter or a timely introduction can open doors that might otherwise remain closed.  Small business owners who are intentional about where they spend their time may luck out with introductions.  Being in the right place at the right time may seem like a stroke of luck but the business owner needs to be prepared to seize the opportunity.  Being prepared involves experience, time, resources, and determination.




Grit is defined as the passionate pursuit of long-term goals with the perseverance to overcome obstacles. In the context of small business, grit is the driving force that keeps entrepreneurs focused, dedicated, and resilient in the face of inevitable challenges.  All small business owners have put in hours and hours of work, educated ourselves in one way or another, and sacrificed other things for the sake of our business. 

Small business journeys are riddled with obstacles, setbacks, and unexpected challenges. What sets successful entrepreneurs apart is their ability to endure. Grit empowers business owners to weather storms, learn from failures, and emerge stronger, turning setbacks into stepping stones toward success.

Gritty entrepreneurs have an unmatched work ethic. Consistency in effort, day in and day out, is part of the journey. It’s the commitment to putting in the hard work consistently over time that distinguishes those who succeed in the small business arena.


Entrepreneurs with grit possess a clear and compelling vision for their small businesses. This long-term perspective fuels their persistence and commitment, helping them stay on course even when confronted with short-term difficulties. Gritty individuals are driven by a passion for their mission that transcends momentary hurdles.  Your strategy doesn’t change overtime.  Strategies are the recipe for your success and are the blueprint for starting, building, and maintaining a successful business.  They often set the direction, philosophy, and values for managing your company. 


To summarize, what may seem like luck on the outside is the combination of grit, hard work, strategy, and planning on the part of the business owner.  Ciaccia CPA ties together the vision, strategy, and finances for small businesses, helping you live the life you envision.