Is life a game of luck or skill? The winners will say skill and the losers will say luck, and they are both wrong.
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There’s a narrative everyone who succeeds shares.
“I’m a self-made man who didn’t get nothing from nobody.”
I’d love to look at where I am today, deconstruct it using hindsight and survivor biases, spinning all facts in my favor, and say I made all the right moves. Who wouldn’t?
We want to be heroes of our own stories. We view the world as our stage and we are the actors. It’s a cute story for children, but men know better.
I’ve had some unbelievably good luck and bad luck. Life deals you cards.
I was born with a decent IQ, big mouth, and annoying curiosity. I got into trouble as a child for questioning the existence of God, and once was banned from watching cartoons after claiming He-Man was nicer than God. Those were innate talents, given to me by luck of what Warren Buffett called the ovarian lottery.
Yet those talents got me into a lot of fights and alienated people. Some might call those good cards or bad cards.
There’s no way around it. There are many smarter, when I want to figure something out like book publishing, social media, Twitter, or “life” in general, I’m able to.
Being falsely accused of rape is bad luck. Having a horrific skin condition is bad luck.
Is how you deal with bad luck more important than how you deal with good luck?
Life is a lot like poker. You’ll be up even when you make the wrong moves and down when you make the right moves, but if you play the game long enough you’ll come out ahead.
But luck doesn’t tell the whole story.
There are some fundamentals, some basics, some really boring ways to live life on your terms.
The more spins you take, the more luck you’ll have. But these spins require something.
Energy. Focus. Vision.
You must show up. You must be ready.
Seems obvious, yet how many show up for life.
If a life changing business opportunity appeared before your eyes, would you be ready? How would you know?
Adjust the variables you can control.
We have a vast amount of control over our lives and therefore our luck.
Coach Scott Abel has a great quote about luck:
I’ve never known a single early-rising, hard-working, let’s-get-to-it, prudent, and strictly honest about himself person, that EVER complained about “hard luck.” – Good habits forged of hard work and consistent discipline – these things are impregnable to the assaults of “hard luck” that so many dreamers whine about. As the old saying goes “luck favors the prepared mind.”
We can change our luck by making better choices.
- Waking up before we have to (rather than hitting the snooze button) is a choice.
- How you choose to view your position in life is not luck.
- Leveraging your gifts is not luck.
- Gaining self-knowledge is no luck.
- Going to the gym is not luck.
- Meditating is not luck.
- Eliminating negative people is not luck.
- Refusing to argue is a choice, not luck.
Lifestyle design is not luck.
If you woke up every morning with 30 minutes to spare rather than hit the snooze button, warmed up your brain, did some cardio, reflected on your day at work, remained mindful at work, avoided negative people, refused to gossip, ate nutritious foods, lifted weights, watched zero television, and set your cell phone down at night to either spend time with your children or focus on your life vision….Might you get lucky?
Yes, that’s a lot of work. To create good luck you must flip over a lot of cards.
Not even I live by Gorilla Mindset every day. I eat too much, sleep too much, and engage with negative people to much. Every day I work on improving my luck with the recognition that the work is never done.
If you live long enough, you’ll probably get what’s coming to you.
Good luck and bad luck catches up with us all.
The only way to get what you want out of life is to keep playing the game.
Gorilla Mindset shows you how to play the game at the highest level.