I don't think it matters as long as one is happy in the end.
Truth be told all means of success involve some measure of luck and timing along the way. There is no one I know of who would choose not to be lucky or would rather have bad luck but be smart.
The fact that I was born in the U.S. as oppose to Somalia is luck!
I never make it a point to put down people for being lucky.
Given the choice, I'd chose smart.
I think that smart people are in many cases able to create their own "luck". Same for persistent people and people with good attitudes who are willing to work hard.
However one might argue that being smart or naturally having a high IQ is a matter of "luck".
The same holds true of DNA/genes of good looking people. Some of these things are passed down if one is (lucky) enough to have the right parents!
Smart people make THEIR OWN luck. Smart people have the resources to create, even attract opportunity by their fierce planning, strategizing, & organization. Luck without smarts nor intelligence means naught. Lucky fools & simpletons aren't lucky for long. There will be ALWAYS someone smarter who will usurp them intellectually or otherwise in one way or another. They don't know how to handle, even appreciate their luck or fortune. They SIMPLY don't possess the wherewithal to maintain, even increase their luck.
Smart people always realize that they are the ones who create their own luck. Luck is not happenstance but a creation as a result of smart, intelligent thinking & visualization. Successful people are lucky because they create situations which attract luck. They know that they must make things happen if they want to progress to the next step. They realize that they are the ones who must create the right atmosphere, know the right people, & create other positive outcomes in order to be at their station. Successful people are smart, there are no dumb people who are successful. Smart people don't only create, even attract luck-they have the wherewithal to maintain, even INCREASE their luck.
If you win the lottery and then waste the money, being lucky did nothing to help your life overall.
Intelligence is better than random luck.
I think its much better to be smart than just finding yourself to be lucky. Luck is just preparation meeting opportunity. And you can not be prepared if you fail to be smart. And you cannot appreciate an opportunity and make the best out of it when you are not prepared.
by drew2 11 years ago
how do smart people create their own future?
by Cecilia 3 years ago
I think not. See you're not talking to me. (must be something I ate!)
by mega1 11 years ago
When you are communicating with others, how much is it going to matter how "smart" they are? assuming, of course, that you are all discussing a topic that interests you!
by MarieLB 5 years ago
Do you know someone who is smarter than you are, and how do you feel about that person?EG:- You find yourself saying things like "She thinks she knows everything". In your head you hear the corollary "She DOES know everything and that is why she is so annoying."
by Grace Marguerite Williams 7 years ago
Do you believe that people CREATE their own destiny & outcomes or does the element of luck influencesuch outcomes? What causes some people to be lucky, having that special golden fortunate touch while others seem to be cursed at almost every turn?
by Schandee Decker 7 years ago
Have you ever wondered if some smart people, are so smart they sound dumb?Maybe they seem dumb because they're talking over my head. I'm average intelligence and read some of the posts, thinking wow that was not anything I understand. Then you see one person who talks like a famous person or...
Copyright © 2022 Maven Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers on this website. HubPages® is a registered trademark of Maven Coalition, Inc. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. Maven Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers to this website may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|