I can’t stand luck.
I don’t have any control over it.
Who wants to shrug and point at fate?
I mean, doing so just seems like a recipe, or excuse, for being lazy…
Of course, I don’t want to be the next Garyvee.
My dreams have always been slightly more, pedestrian.
$1,000 a week from this website is about all I want.
So maybe I just need the hard work?
Luck is polarizing. The successful like to pretend it does not exist. The unsuccessful or the jaded pretend that it is everything. Both explanations are wrong. No matter what we have heard from our parents and internalized as part of the American Dream, hard work does not trump all. At the very, very top, the world is not a simple meritocracy, and it never has been. As Nassim Taleb puts it, “Hard work will get you a professorship or a BMW. You need both work and luck for a Booker, a Nobel or a private jet.”