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“Luck is what, when preparation meets opportunity.” - Seneca
From my early life, I have had a tendency to observe successful individuals and measure their success based on their luck, wealth, or location. This tendency influenced me so much that I also took decisions based on this and decided to pursue the fields or lifestyles of those wealthy individuals. In middle age, I also felt like I was lucky due to good grades, selecting the right career which get me a premium job, etc.
However, almost 10 years ago, I read the above quote/maxim on the internet from Seneca which forced me to think differently.
I was lucky because certain events occurred in the same sequence as per my plan.
I was doing some kind of extra hard work as compared to others who became complacent in my age due to factors like lack of interest, distraction, location, and unavailability of resources etc.
So, what I learnt, LUCK strikes at the intersection of
TINY NUMBER OF MULTIPLE ACTIONS AS PREPARATIONS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.
AN INVISIBLE OPPORTUNITY BECOMES SUDDENLY VISIBLE WHEN REQUIREMENTS MATCH OF THOSE ACTIONS.
I admired, Seneca who was a great stoic, roman philosopher and businessman who explained the reality of life in a single sentence.
In simple terms, we have to tap these components to become Lucky in this world:
WORK (Experience, Job, Business)
SKILLS (Knowledge, Education, Trait)
TIME (Knock right door at right time)
MEDIUM (Right Tool, Location, Sufficient Finance)
However, there are some exceptions to this rule…
Capital and Status
Manipulation from friends, relatives and enemies
But Consistency and Perseverance is the key to success.
In addition to above, as per the book “The unfair advantage” there other factors which played a vital role to improve chances of opportunity, and which can be considered as luck factors. (MILES).
Money + Mindset
Intellect + Insight
If you see all above can be improved through only 4 key meta-skills:
“The ultimate unfair advantage is curiosity.” — Justin Mikolay
“Reading is the ultimate meta-skill that can be traded for anything else.” — Naval
“You don’t learn to walk by following Rules. You learn by doing, and by falling
over.” — Richard Branson
“The rarest of all human qualities is consistency.” — Jeremy Bentham
So, stop complaining, start reading, stay curious and keep doing to learn.
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