“The lucky person passes for a genius.” Greek Poet Euripides (480-406 BC)
The billionaires of this world, arguably will the first people to admit that ‘pure dumb luck’ played an equal if not a bigger part in being where they are now, in addition to their smarts. The only exceptions would be if you are born in one of those “Oil rich families” or heirs of billionaires, in which case you can indulge into the luxuries of gold and silver platted cars, yes, I said gold and silver platted cars !!
The world now has 793 billionaires, down from 1,125 a year ago (as of 2009)
I am assuming money (money ->quality of life -> independence -> opportunity to help others) is a driving force behind a lot of human actions. Although, it is very cliché to say that, one has to be at the ‘right place at the right time’, but I truly believe that is half the battle. The other half has to do with being smart about a lot of things, hard work, realizing what motivates you and never regret that you didn’t give your all, most of all being opportunistic.
After the traditional “Kelley clap” for his retirement and last lecture last month, Prof. Mike Metzger (aka. Mad Dog), said that best answer any candidate ever gave him to the question, “What do you wanna be doing 5 years from now?” was, “I don’t think that way, I just do the best I can in everything I do and opportunities present themselves.”
Therefore, my message to my friends (who are probably the only people who read my blog, mostly because I ask them to), work hard, specially in these tough economic times, be opportunistic and finally, be very LUCKY !! 🙂