Luck

“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 lucky.  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?

“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