Would you rather be smart of lucky?

“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 !! 🙂


5 responses to “Would you rather be smart of lucky?

  1. You raise some good points here. You can be lucky for few times but in order to sustain your success you have to be smart to learn how to be lucky over and over again.

  2. Cant we look at Opportunities & luck differently.
    i.e. Luck – if something randomly happened to you and you were not even trying.
    Opportunity – Something happened randomly but I was preparing myself for it or trying really hard in that general direction.

    I would say being an opportunist is better than being Lucky.

  3. Good one.
    When the stakes are high and where talent really matters, luck maybe in just being presented with an opportunity at the right place and at the right time. But in the end, talent will determine what comes of it. If it turns out good, then ‘lucky’, else not. Luck is so much more than what we casually attribute to it.

  4. Can you please send some luck my way?? 🙂

    I agree with you though – I think most of the successful people that I have talked to attribute most of their success to luck.

  5. I second Ayushman Dutta.

    I think the end result is determined by the way we handle the ‘opportunity’ and influence of other things we can’t control i.e. ‘luck’.


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