“It really seems (at least if you read popular media) that who you know and whether you get ‘picked’ are the two keys to success. Luck. The thing about luck is this: we’re already luck. We’re insanely lucky that we weren’t born during the Black Plague or in a country with no freedom. We’re lucky that we’ve got access to highly leveraged tools and terrific opportunities. If we set that luck aside, though, something interesting shows up. Delete the outliers – the people who are hit by a bus or win the lottery, the people who luck out in a big way – and we’re left with everyone else. And for everyone else, effort is directly related to success. Not all the time, but as much as you would expect. Smarter, harder-working, better-informed, and better-liked people do better than other people, most of the time.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?
“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” ~ Dalai Lama
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
“It’s not what happens to us that makes the difference in our lives. What makes the difference is our attitude towards what happens. The idea of luck is a powerful way of illustrating the importance of our basic attitudes in affecting whether or not we find our Element.” ~ Ken Robinson, The Element
“One way of opening ourselves up to new opportunities is to make conscious efforts to look differently at our ordinary situations. Doing so allows a person to see the world as one rife with possibility and to take advantage of some of those possibilities if they seem worth pursuing.” ~ Dr. Ken Robinson, The Element
“The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.” ~ Edward Gibbon
“I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
“Luck influences everything in life, but nothing beats setting goals and striving body and soul to achieve them.” ~ Toyotomi Hideyoshi
“Luck favors the bold. Leaders must fearlessly exploit the Secret of Decisiveness. Act boldly at critical moments.” ~ Toyotomi Hideyoshi
“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck.” ~ Anthony Robbins
“Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.” ~ Ovid
“I’ve always worked very, very hard, and the harder I worked, the luckier I got.” ~ Alan Bond
“The only good luck many great men ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.” ~ Channing Pollock
“Be ready when opportunity comes…Luck is the time when preparation and opportunity meet.” ~ Roy D. Chapin Jr.
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