The topic of today's blog was selected by Redroom. It is about luck. There is an old saying that goes something like this [unknown] "...I rather be lucky than smart...". I never thought of myself as particularly smart, but as I was embarking on my higher education I was possessed with having a pefect GPA. I strove and strove and managed to graduate undrgrad with a perfect 4.0. I had a 3.93 or something like that as my masters GPA and entering into doctoral level studies was still pretty keen on staying as close to that as humanly possible.By the way, thus far I've kept my doctoral GPA at about 3.83-7 depending and according to my advisors that is quite good. So would I like to have a little luck to help me keep that GPA up? Of course I would.
About that old saying...I guess if I had just been lucky and not as smart maybe I would have even had a hgher GPA...one never knows. However, I do know that I am not a particularly lucky person in that I've only ever found money once or twice in my lifetime and I am 49. I've never won the lottery, but I do not play regularly either. And some say that even if you do play the lottery with regularity your chances of winning do not improve greatly.
So where does this all leave us with regard to luck? I would like to become a famous and rich author. Will I get there faster being smart of merely lucky? Smart may be able to market me and my book successfully even with the stiff competition out there...and there is a lot of that to overcome first. Lucky may get your book in the right place at the right to move you into that famous and rich slot faster than smart ever could. So you decide....would you rather be lucky or smart?