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Americans Looking to Get 'Lucky' at Work

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A little luck of the Irish can mean the difference between success and failure for many employees —  on St. Patrick's Day and beyond, a new poll found.

A survey by LinkedIn revealed that 84 percent of professionals worldwide believe luck plays a role in a career's trajectory, and nearly half of those surveyed considered themselves to be luckier than their peers.

The most important factor that U.S. professionals attribute to luck is having a strong work ethic. They also say strong communication skills, flexibility, a strong network and the ability to act on opportunities are a product of fortune.

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The United States ranked seventh-luckiest among the 15 countries surveyed; Japan, South Korea and Austria topped the list.

"With St. Patrick’s Day upon us, we thought that evaluating what professionals can do to enjoy that proverbial 'Luck of the Irish' in their careers would be a fun and useful exercise," said LinkedIn’s connection director, Nicole Williams. "It's clear from the results that you need to make your own luck to succeed."

The study was based on surveys of 7,000 employees from 15 countries worldwide.

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance business and technology writer who has worked in public relations and spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter. You can reach him at chadgbrooks@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @cbrooks76.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.

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