The Role of Luck in Life Success Is Far Greater Than We Realized


The results of this elucidating simulation, which dovetail with a growing number of studies based on real-world data, strongly suggest that luck and opportunity play an underappreciated role in determining the final level of individual success. As the researchers point out, since rewards and resources are usually given to those who are already highly rewarded, this often causes a lack of opportunities for those who are most talented (i.e., have the greatest potential to actually benefit from the resources), and it doesn’t take into account the important role of luck, which can emerge spontaneously throughout the creative process. The researchers argue that the following factors are all important in giving people more chances of success: a stimulating environment rich in opportunities, a good education, intensive training, and an efficient strategy for the distribution of funds and resources. They argue that at the macro-level of analysis, any policy that can influence these factors will result in greater collective progress and innovation for society (not to mention immense self-actualization of any particular individual).

Luck matters.

Somebody actually attempted to quantify this.  Read the article and judge for yourself.


Black Men in White Coats – The Mission

Source: Black Men in White Coats – The Mission

For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.

Luke 12:48 NKJV

Personal mastery goes beyond competence and skills, though it is grounded in competence and skills. It goes beyond spiritual unfolding or opening, although it requires spiritual growth. It means approaching one’s life as a creative work, living life from a creative as opposed to reactive viewpoint.

Peter Singe the Fifth Discipline

Every calling is unique. My calling is unique. I am a teacher, coach, mentor, writer, and…life underwriter.

A calling has certain preconditions that involve more than just desires. For your calling to be correct it requires the individual have the talent, unique abilities and skills for that particular calling.  A true calling reveals itself through enjoyment and a sense of renewed energies when engaging in the calling. Underwriting is like being home. Writing is natural. Teaching is what I do.  Your unique path is not easy to discover. I have traveled many false paths before uncovering MY path.

I hope you visit the website Black Men in White Coats.  The world needs more people like this.  Are you being creative or simply reactive?

Healthy Lifestyle May Increase Lifespan by 7 Years

Current US life expectancy is 78 years for men and 82 years for women, but for the low-risk group in this study, life expectancies were 85 and 89 years, respectively.

Source: Healthy Lifestyle May Increase Lifespan by 7 Years

Source: A healthy lifestyle increases life expectancy by up to seven years: Maintaining a normal weight, not smoking, and drinking alcohol at moderate levels are factors that add healthy years to life — ScienceDaily

I should have saved more, invested better, and not spent so much money on the kids.

How These Remote Workers Convinced Their Bosses And Clients They Can Work From Anywhere

“Managers know who is a high performer and who is not—it’s not a secret.   If you have people that you’re afraid if they’re working out of your sight, then they aren’t getting work done, why are they working for you in the first place?  That’s not a ‘work remotely’ problem. That’s a management problem.”

Erica Warren

Source: How These Remote Workers Convinced Their Bosses And Clients They Can Work From Anywhere

EM Mindset: Longevity – emdocs

Source: EM Mindset: Longevity – emdocs

Take a look at this article.  Understand this is personal advice on how to have longevity and passion in the world of emergency medicine.  But when you get down to the author’s top three insights, do this:

Forget the article is about emergency medicine physicians and substitute your own profession instead.

You’re welcome.

The Housing Trilemma | Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

Every city wants to have a strong local economy, high quality of life and housing affordability for its residents. Unfortunately these three dimensions represent the Housing Trilemma.  A city can achieve success on two but not all three at the same time.

Source: The Housing Trilemma | Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

Check out the graphic above courtesy of the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis.  I may have been biased about life in the middle but never had the facts to back up my opinions.  But after reading this article I now have facts.  This analysis demonstrates a city can have success on two fronts, but rarely on all three.

I started life in New York and grew up in New Jersey.  A sizeable amount of time was also spent in Dallas.  For over a decade I’ve held the belief that my family could not replicate our lifestyle and quality of life anywhere else in the country.  Well, I admit to being wrong.  We could probably do as well in Cincinnati, Omaha, or Des Moines.

If you can stand the weather, OKC is not a bad place to live in.

HT – Calculated Risk.