Your talent and drive are not enough. I know those believable social media quotes make you think otherwise; I know Hollywood movies and phone calls from friends, convince you hard work pays off. It has to. Because you need to believe your expertise and aptitude are worthwhile to keep you going. New research on luck and success suggests otherwise.
Talent vs luck
Chris Matyszczyk writing for Inc.com, shares research from a study called “Talent vs Luck: The Role of Randomness in Success and Failure”. Scientists from Italy’s University of Catania discovered many highly talented individuals are less successful than luckier people. A Forbes article written by Jack Kelly concludes “Hard work is important, but being lucky and in the right place at the right time trumps all.”
Kelly refers to Apple co-founder Ron Wayne as an example. Wayne sold his 10% stake in the brand for 800 dollars. Unaware in a few short years, he could have walked away as a millionaire. Before you’re born, your luck is halfway calculated. You may develop in a loving and prosperous family, or your tiny eyes might arise to a bleak war-zone. Depending on your area, you have plentiful friends or feel you live as a stranger.
Can we really create our own luck?
Last year I published “Does the Law of Attraction Hold Some Truth?” after watching ‘The Secret’ documentary. The Secret is a best-selling self-help book claiming the power of thoughts in relation to changing a person’s life. My findings suggest we have ability to enhance our luck and success, though there’s no guarantee.
We’ve all glanced at popular Instagram accounts and wondered why they have countless followers when their photos are cliché boring and dare, I say, ours are better. There is always a person at work who gets promoted despite our reluctance to justify their worthiness and everyone knows a person with the perfect career, partner and income. Plus, a friend of a friend who wins competitions like Usain Bolt wins races.
Do they have better luck than us? Were they on an equal playing field until life naturally lifted them a foot higher? Luck has entered my career. I was lucky to have a business notice me on Twitter – tweeting at the right time. I feel lucky I joined WordPress when I did; I feel lucky I continue to make great connections with others in different countries. I can become luckier. I think countless opportunities are there I haven’t had chance to know about.
Bad luck and success
Of course, luck isn’t everything. Where you choose to put yourself creates your future. You have to place yourself in a position to receive the luck you want. With relationships, I’m unlucky because I love falling for emotionally unavailable men. The universe didn’t decide to surround me with heartache. I choose to turn away good guys hoping for an extraordinary match. Luck and success are additionally based on what we consider fortune and fate.
People adore the concept of luck when it relates to nice things. Finding small change on the ground; just making the train before the door closes. Finding the last item in stock you want is in your exact size. On the other hand, every moment you get lucky – you get the last product in stock and you find a note on the floor, another gets unlucky. And when it comes to the bad; the pain, sorrow and failure, what if that’s the balance of life? What if your bad moments are not preparation and they’re not a lesson or obstacle you have to face, it’s bad luck and nothing else.
We hate that idea. We like feeling special rationalising the world has lighted a candle to our luck and success. No one wants to feel they have bad luck. What can you do with it? What about appearance? Beauty affects luck. Models blessed with perfect proportions travel and work with experts’ others in the creative industries dream about meeting. It’s comforting to think if we work our hardest and do good, the universe works in our favour. Instead of working to our greatest and still living without.
Following untalented, successful people
If luck and success relate and talented people cannot do as well as those luckier, how many individuals do we follow and admire who have made their achievements from chance? Do we care better talented people won’t receive the same glory? Arguably, Kylie Jenner is not the greatest makeup entrepreneur. She had a platform most of us don’t, and with luck already there managed to use skills and drive in lesser quantity.
Celebrity offspring such as Brooklyn Beckham – he has a photography book and has shot huge campaigns for being related to Victoria and David. They say one person can completely change everything and unfortunately, many of us won’t meet the one person we need. The cold truth is knowing our efforts do not guarantee anything. We might miss the plane we need for no other reason than bad luck.
Luck and success ponder bountiful questions. Is it determined already? Is there such a thing as luck? Undeserving and less talented people will always be around in high positions. Maybe from gutless courage or calculated moves. Maybe from being in the right place at the right time. Luck is only one factor. How do we handle it? We push ourselves to get heard and noticed, and we focus our energy towards what we want. Hopefully our work adds to our blessings in the way we desire.
Do you believe in luck? If you do, do you think to believe in being lucky you also have to accept when you’re unlucky?