Is Success Luck or Hard Work?

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Shared August 28, 2020

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This video was inspired by and draws examples from the book "Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy" by Robert H. Frank

Special thanks to Patreon supporters (and to everyone who commented on an earlier version of this video):
Marc Forand, Robert Dickerson, Christian Stauffer, LoadTooSlow, Vincent, Lyvann Ferrusca, DALE HORNE, Alfred Wallace, Kevin Beavers, Arjun Chakroborty, Joar Wandborg, Clayton Greenwell, Michael Krugman, Ron Neal, Donal Botkin

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Balaj Prasanna

Well I thought it was 10% luck, 20% skill, 15% concentrated power of will. 5% pleasure, 50% pain and a 100% reason to remember the name.

1 month ago | [YT] | 24,558

Nisarg Joshi

"The biggest lie we tell ourselves is that we are all born equal. We are not. We are born lucky. How lucky is a matter of luck."
-Somebody Probably

6 days ago (edited) | [YT] | 86

Artcza32

We have a saying in Poland for this: "success has many fathers, failure is an orphan"

2 weeks ago | [YT] | 882

Steve Chance

For every Jeff Bezos, there are ten thousand people who tried just as hard as Jeff and we're just as smart as Jeff, but failed.

1 week ago | [YT] | 344

Gregory Kafanelis

My math professor once said : " I strongly believe the smartest person to ever walk on earth was a plain farmer"

1 week ago | [YT] | 156

Aan Azwan

my mom stopped schooling at 8 years old, while my dad stopped when he was 15,both due to poverty. Statistically the cycle of poverty would continue, but a University opened up close to our home, and my father worked there as a gardener, there he borrowed books for me and opened up my interest in education and its importance. Now I'm working there as an academic faculty member, and people around would always ask how a barely educated gardener raise up an academician. Looking back, if we were just a few kilometres away from the uni, our lives could drastically altered, among other factors that are too long to explain. Today I try my best to help others who weren't so lucky.

1 month ago (edited) | [YT] | 10,699

booshido

Every birth is a gamble, but not everyone is born a gambler.

2 weeks ago | [YT] | 298

Splooshie

"First, you must believe that you are in complete control of your destiny"

So...fake it 'til you make it?

2 days ago | [YT] | 5

O An

"I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all." (Ecclesiastes 9:11)

6 days ago | [YT] | 21

Luis Dias

this video is the reason why leaders should be chosen by the general public , and be based on skill rather than political power. We should be able to also nominate the leaders, instead of the parties and so on nominating.

1 week ago | [YT] | 18

Alexandre Carvalho

Basically:
Luck counts, but don't count on it.

1 month ago | [YT] | 4,148

Amir Torhan

Interesting indeed, hate people bragging about their "hard work" like there isn't thousands of people that worked just as hard or even harder than you, but didn't have the luck as you. Hard work is necessary, but it's not enough.

2 weeks ago | [YT] | 243

Andrew Boyd

I define luck as: "Luck is when preparation meets opportunity"

1 week ago | [YT] | 177

Artist Russ Wagner

Have you ever heard the saying, "the harder you work, the luckier you get?" I see luck as a high probability of selection for that thing you want. I had a neighbor who was a professional game player to supplement his retirement. He won cars, vacations and money on a regular basis, spent 4 hours a day researching games and writing out entry forms.

1 week ago | [YT] | 9

Seven Aries

That one guy who had a headwind setting his world record: I am simply built different

2 weeks ago | [YT] | 71

MrPhilsterable

Oh hey, a CGP Grey shirt. That's cool.

1 month ago | [YT] | 920

Fenan Brimastah

"i'm a man of fortune, and i must seek my fortune"

- henry every

1 week ago | [YT] | 38

Jadriel Laracuente

the dislikes are those who dont realize how lucky they are

2 weeks ago | [YT] | 161

Jose Díaz

Luck is wind direction. Work is you changing the angle of your sails.

1 week ago | [YT] | 53

I'm Batman

Gosh, i was just describing this exact concept to my wife a couple of months ago... after reflecting on my past when i adopted the mindset of having complete control of my destiny and success, which resulted in favorable outcome after a few years. I made sure to bring myself back to reality on the external factors that brought chance for my (refined) skills to be productive in the way I had originally envisioned. I basically had to brainwash myself to do it... Watching movies like "The pursuit of happiness" helps a lot to get into that sort of grinding mode where you don't accept things as they are, you relentlessly work towards your dream of how things can be.

I love this VLOG. Keep up the good work!

2 weeks ago (edited) | [YT] | 22