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#95: Luck

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This post should be reminder that luck is no excuse.

Quoted and best described from the book The Magic of Thinking Big

Let me illustrate how people succumb to luck excusitis. I lunched recently with three young junior executives. The topic of conversation that day was George C., who just yesterday had been picked from among their group of a major promotion. Why did George get the position? These three fellows dug up all sorts of reasons: luck, pull, bootlicking, everything but the truth. The facts were that George was simply better qualified. He had been doing a better job. He was working harder. He had more effective personality. I also knew the senior officers in the company hat spent much time considering which on of the four would be promoted. My three disillusioned friends should have realized that top executives don’t select major executives by drawing names from the hat. - The Magic of Thinking Big

Suppose luck were used to reorganize General Motors. If luck determined who does what and who goes where, every business in the nation would fall apart. Assume for a moment that General Motors were to be completely reorganized on the basis of luck. To carry out the reorganization, the names of all employees would be placed in a barrel. The first name drawn would be president; the second name, the executive vice president, and so on down the line. Sounds stupid, doesn’t it? Well, that’s how luck would work. People who rise to the top in any occupation - business management, selling, law, engineering, acting, or what have you - get there because they have superior attitudes and use their good sense in applied hard work. - The Magic of Thinking Big

Don’t be a wishful thinker. Don’t waste your mental muscles dreaming of an effortless way to win success. We don’t become successful simply through luck. Success comes from doing those things and mastering those principles that produce success. Don’t count on luck for promotions, victories, the good things in life. Luck simply isn’t designed to deliver these good things. Instead, just concentrate on developing those qualities in yourself that will make you a winner. - The Magic of Thinking Big