Lucky or Good?

Most of the time losing clarifies the lesson and winning (too quickly) obscures it. This is why amateur salespeople so often fail to become professionals. This is why one-off sports analogy stories make no sense. Success too quickly doesn’t allow us to get really good at something. The easier it comes the more we expect it to always be there.

The only thing more sad than the self-limiting arrogance of the confusion between lucky and good is the misery of confusing ungood with unlucky.

Most people with a big idea, great talent and/or something to say don’t get lucky at first. Or second. Or even third. It’s so easy to conclude that if you’re not lucky, you’re not good.

Persistence is the essential element of good, because without persistence, you never get a chance to get lucky.