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Earl Wilson once said, “Success is a matter of luck. Just ask any failure.” The concept of luck can be very disempowering for some people. To the casual observer, luck seems to grace the lives of some while leaving others out in the cold.
Wilson’s quote does describe the mindset of many unhappy, unsuccessful people. They look at those who have what they want – happiness or success – and attribute it to pure chance. Further, they conclude the Universe has chosen not to bless them with that luck. They walk through life feeling cheated and that life is somehow unjust.
Is this an accurate view of luck or is luck something that is predictable by how a person observes the events in his or her life?
Former Starbuck’s CEO Howard Schultz said,”I believe life is a series of near misses. A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It’s seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It’s seeing what other people don’t see And pursuing that vision.”
In this brief video, Ben Sherwood offers an interesting perspective on luck and who becomes lucky.
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