Success Needs Luck

Anyone who is reading this is incredibly, amazingly lucky.

You are one of the select group of people who reads English, and has access to the internet.

The odds are that if you were randomly born again onto this planet you would not be able to read this, and most of us would not be wishing for the life we would end up with instead.

It’s easy to talk about success, Law of Attraction, and so much more, but by golly I think luck has a lot to do with it.

I mean the sort of luck Bill Gates talks about when he jokes with Warren Buffet that both of them would have been tiger snacks or worse if they had been born any way other than males in a Western country in the twentieth century.

Success requires luck. You can rely on it.

I like the quote of Samuel Goldwyn, “The harder I work, the luckier I get

I also like “The opportunity of a lifetime happens about once a week.”

But best of all I like the thoughts of Ricardo Semler, the “gainfully unemployed” head of Brazilian company Semco and author of the best-seller “Maverick”. Semco has grown 40 time it’s original size in the past 20 years, and has become an MBA talking-point because of it’s radical use of full-on democracy and openness inside the company.

Ricardo is a very successful man in many ways and says in his book “The Seven-Day Weekend: A Better Way To Work In The 21st Century”,

“Luck does not strike all of us equally. Yet it’s a most necessary component of success. To ‘accuse’ people of being lucky is usually unfair. Luck is an add-on to effort – it crowns a compulsion to succeed.

Success has a long-term measurement in the form of sustainability. Luck rarely has such longevity. It’s like lightening – it may strike, but then it’s fast, furious and rare. What you make of that stroke of luck is a result of the diligence you apply after it strikes.”

When you define your own success are you planning on luck or sustainability, or both?

-Dr Martin Russell

One thought on “Success Needs Luck”

  1. Great post. Hard working people are lucky. Though I do believe in being at the right place at the right time.

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