What factor does LUCK play in success or ........DOES it? Do you strongly believe that in order to
obtain great success, one must be born in fortuitous circumstances such as being born privileged, having the right parents, numerous socioeconomic/educational opportunities, have numerous connections/knowing the RIGHT people, and in general, being very lucky? Why? Why not?
Yes, you need luck of some sort. People born into the worst circumstances may rise above all that with intelligence and great natural talent- like Oprah or Obama, but having that level of natural talent and intelligence is pretty lucky too. Most people don't have that. If you are average- average IQ, average looks, average upbringing, average amounts of natural talent, average in every way, you might still get ahead by being in the right place at the right time or befriending the right person or winning power ball- but all that is luck too. The average person in the average job with average luck is never going to become rich and famous no matter how hard he works. These days, he might not even be able to support a small family above the poverty level.
Success is a mindset, a psychology. One must be imbued with success principles. People who become successful are hungry for it. They take calculated, intelligent risks, oftentimes doing what it takes to become successful. Successful people are extremely proactive in their lives. They are looking for the how & where of success. They are the ones who make success happen.
They are of the school that they MAKE their own luck & opportunity. They are not of the school that luck & opportunity must present themselves. They contend that such beliefs are passive thinking & philosophical outlook. They believe that if one wants to be successful, h/she has to CREATE that success. They are not about to wait upon others to create success or to make them successful. They MAKE IT HAPPEN.
Yes, being born in an upper middle & upper class environment with the right parents & opportunities make success so much easier. However, there are those who were born in such circumstances who are not successful at all. Many in such backgrounds had it so easy that their initiative & will to succeed are woefully absent. They have no need to succeed at all because they really have no impetus nor hunger to succeed.
However, a child born into lower socioeconomic backgrounds are the ones who are highly successful because they do not want to remain in such abject socioeconomic circumstances. Those abject socioeconomic circumstances provide a STRONG IMPETUS for them to succeed. One does not have to know the right people or have connections to succeed. Oftentimes, people who work smart & show their aptitude, thus becoming successful. One can say that THEIR , circumstances are fair to middling in terms of success.
It is oftentimes the poor child who becomes phenomenally successful far beyond anyone's expectations while the child born into more advantaged socioeconomic circumstances with every conceivable circumstances is not one-tenth as successful as that poor child. The poor child was NOT expected to succeed but was expected to remain in his/her impoverished circumstances. It is quite ironic that this poor child succeeded while an upper middle, even upper class child is NOT successful at all......
I think it's all about the level of consciousness, not intelligence, because many intelligent and talented people have their lives all messed up. It's consciousness, or awareness if you will, that gives folks that spontaneous advantage of knowing what they want and not sabotaging that want with their being mostly reactive in life - instead of proactive.
You may not forgive my "far out" views, but I also happen to believe in the popular interpretation of the role of consciousness in quantum reality of everything. If someone's dominant daily thoughts are focussed on their desired end results, then, according to such views, they are affecting events and circumstances in a way that spells "luck".
Scientists are telling us that a good 80% of our daily thoughts are negatively charged - talking about frequencies here - so they are bound to magnetize some crappy intimate and outer reality for us. And the more we are bitching, the more it's boomeranging back at us - while we don't even need quantum mechanics to make it true, simple psychology will do.
I believe that this "consciousness capacity" just like intelligence was not evenly distributed, and for many folks it's impossible to really succeed by making an effort in matters where others do them effortlessly. That's why, in my opinion, self-pushers end up with ulcers, heart attacks, or nervous breakdowns. Many celebrities are living examples, having to resort to drugs because their fame is not resonating with their secretly low self-image.
As far as I know. Oprah is a hot believer in the "quantum effect", and that's how she was basically describing her fabulous success. There are others, like Will Smith and Jim Carrey. Personally, I have not made myself rich, but, without going into my biography here - I intuitively used it, and in many aspects I can say that my life "works".
But of course, it goes without saying, I don't believe in horoscope signs and "lucky stars", not even favorable circumstances of our upbringing. Many kids of rich folks turn to be good for nothing, and we have heard quite a few stories of "from rags to riches", including many of those geniuses who were born into poor families.
Unfortunately whether we want to admit it or not luck and timing are a key factor in any success story. We strive to do all that we can but at some point everyone needs a "coincidence" or meeting with "the right person".
While I'm not one who "plans for luck" I appreciate when it stops by!.
I recall one instance where I was directing a community theater play during a time where I had been laid off from a company (my day job). I was dating someone and we decided to stay at a hotel in the area that night.
The following morning we went to breakfast at restaurant on the corner. One of the people in the restaurant was a former co-worker I hadn't seen in a couple of years. He suggested I send a resume to his company and he would be a reference. If I got hired the company would pay him $1000.
I ended up working for that company for five years! Who is to say if I would have ended up there had I not chosen to spend the night where I did or ate breakfast in that coffee shop that morning or kept my unemployment to myself for prideful reasons...etc
Admitting that luck is a factor can be a scary proposition because we're likely to blame "bad luck" for our failures when it was a lack of effort. One old adage goes: The harder I work the luckier I get!
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