Is success luck of the draw?
I absolutely agree with it being right place at the right time. It’s also about knowing the right people. When he quotes Neil Gaiman’s speech and it mentions, “People will tolerate how unpleasant you are if your work is good and you deliver it on time”, this may be true but that first impression can prevent you from even seeing how good their work is and how punctual they really are. It’s a combination of things, with hard work and talent being the main reasons certain folks rise to the top. I think other factors include: being personable, knowing how to market one’s self, possessing a strong work ethic and being in the right place at the right time. I’m sure looks even play into it. In my opinion, luck triumphs all. No matter how prepared, how talented, how hopeful we are sometimes there aren’t enough places remaining for the talented many. We have to be lucky to have the right situation, at the right time to get what we want. Not saying talent doesn’t matter, but luck is the tipping factor. Hard work can get you far but if you know the right people who in turn also know the right people high in the chin can get you what you looking for. And one of the seemingly simple places where this occurs is in the relationship between luck and skill. Luck is trickier. I like to think of luck as having three features. First, it happens to a group or an individual. Second, it can be good or bad. Finally, luck plays a role when it is reasonable to believe that something else may have happened.