Don Watkins recently posted an interview with author Brian Tracy at Voices for Reason. I particularly liked this statement from Tracy:
I have spoken and written on this subject extensively. There is no such thing as luck; there are only probabilities. The good news is that you can influence the probabilities on your behalf.
The harder you work, the luckier you get. The more you learn about your craft, the better you become, and the better results you get. The better you manage your time, the more productive you are and the better your results will be. Every one of these constructive actions increases the probabilities that you will be the right person, doing the right work, in the right place. As a result, doors will open for you and you will move ahead far faster than the average person who is passive, and who simply waits and hopes for things to get better.
Tracy, whom I had never heard of before reading Watkins’s interview, is an interesting person. You can read the interview here.
Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame—Diana Hsieh