How important is luck in life?

Not long ago, I began to interview people about the role “luck” played in their lives.

Many believed that luck indeed played some part. But they emphasized that luck occurred because of steps they had taken to attract it…and connections to family, friends, education, or profession.    

What, I asked, contributed to their success? Although each expressed it in different terms, four frequent factors were (1) education, (2) preparation, (3) association with role models and peers (4) anticipation based upon previous experience.

Soon, I began to wonder: Is it possible to formulate a series of simple steps one could take to avoid the ditches along life’s road?

Is there one absolute predictor for success? Not really. Many experts suggest that the more education you get, the better your chances. And specialty training in any skill or craft may play a major role.


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Rix Quinn

Rix Quinn is a former magazine editor and now a syndicated columnist for over 100 weekly newspapers. He holds degrees from Texas Christian University and California State University.

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