It’s interesting how many people blame bad luck for their problems, but will never credit good luck for their success. Carl Lewis has an interesting take on all this. When he asked a successful friend what role luck played in his career, the reply was, “Oh, luck has been everything. I can point to at least 10 occasions where pure, dumb luck landed me a huge break in my career.”
Carl followed up with “O.K., maybe you’ve had some luck. But you’ve been working hard.” His friend didn’t back down. “I’m talking about flat-out luck. A guy I met on a plane, a random stranger, an introduction to a friend of a friend who happened to know great book agent — that kind of luck.”
I have always attributed pure, unadulterated good luck to much of my “success,” while blaming, of course, the bad breaks mostly to bad. But as I have always told my kids, “Life is a matter of inches and seconds.” Missing one bus, for example, can lead to a different outcome when you sit next to someone else on the next one.
This can be argued many different ways. And you undoubtedly can’t rely on luck alone. Hard work certainly opens up more opportunities. (Maybe I should omit “certainly” in the previous sentence?) Drop a comment below and let me know how you feel about luck.
But the final thought will again come from Mr. Lewis: By recognizing the role luck has played in our lives, we can go forward with just a little more humility and a little less ego. That is a great investment for long-term success.
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