On LUCK and its contribution to success
Schools of thought on luck and success
The other day I posted about the # of LIFETIMES it would take to get just the CHANCE of being a billionaire either from lotto, employment, or starting businesses.
One of my friends said they'd rather be LUCKY than be good. Not sure what 'good' here means, but I believe he meant working really well and hard either as an employee or an entrepreneur.
Dir Rik also says for the chance to work, you have to believe in REINCARNATION.
For both, it seems you 'got to believe in magic' indeed.
There are several schools of thought about luck and success:
1/ Opportunistic View of Luck
Louis Pasteur, a renowned biologist, is often quoted as saying, "Chance favors the prepared mind." Aside from Pasteur, Seneca, a Roman philosopher, is often quoted for saying, "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." This view is widely accepted as it balances the role of personal effort and the randomness of opportunities.
2/ Luck as Randomness
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, in his book "Fooled by Randomness," discusses how randomness and luck can have significant impacts on our lives, often more than we realize or are willing to admit. This perspective is more debated, as it attributes success to factors entirely outside one's control. But to support this, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, has mentioned the role of luck and serendipity in his success.
3/ Self-Made Success
This one is what I support. Andrew Carnegie, a self-made industrialist and philanthropist, embodied this principle. He often emphasized the importance of personal effort and determination in achieving success. And for cultures that value hustle, hard work is almost universally recognized as essential for success. Another example: Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, is often cited for his extreme work ethic and dedication which, of course, contributed to his huge successes.
Regardless if it’s hard work or luck or a combination of both, the important part?
Buy that lottery ticket. Get that dream job. Start that business.
Just START inviting LUCK in.
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