Alex Raichev

How Important is Luck in Success?

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Video sourced from YouTube here.

Ran Prieur goes further while answering the question, "What is the biggest lie you've been told by society?" and says, "That success comes from being smart or hard-working. [Rather] it comes from some combination of luck, social intelligence, and tolerance for lying." He includes self-deception in the term "lying".

That is all fascinating, but stepping back, how important is success, as defined above as the attainment of material wealth or high status, anyway? Not very. The pursuit of achievement distracts from the deeply ordinary activities and relationships that make life meaningful.

I'll give the last word to Ralph Waldo Emerson: "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded."

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2022-03-06
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