Saturday, February 6, 2010


What is the most important factor in success?
Is it hard work?
Is it talent?
Is it dumb luck?

Oh, I know it's easy to say they're all important. But what have you seen, and what do you think, really?


  1. Cowardly Lion:

    Courage. What makes a King out of a slave? Courage.

    What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage.

    What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist or the dusky dusk?

    What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage.

    What makes the Sphinx the 7th Wonder? Courage.

    What makes the dawn come up like THUNDER?! Courage.

    What makes the Hottentot so hot?

    What puts the "ape" in ape-ricot?

    Whatta they got that I ain't got?

    Dorothy & Friends: Courage!

    Cowardly Lion: You can say that again.

  2. Dumb luck.

    Talent is easy to find. Throw a rock.
    Thousands.... Millions of people are willing to work hard.

    Dumb luck is what changes talent and work into success.

  3. Finding joy in what you have.

    Success can be tucking that little one in without a fight or getting to the end of the month with a dollar left in the checking account and not going in the red. Little things, really. That's what the summation of my success is.

  4. There are a lot of people who are successful without any talent (we've elected numerous examples) but I think there are more successful people who are also talented.

    But... just because you are talented, doesn't mean you will be successful. I agree that luck plays a part, but I also believe that tenacity, the drive to improve, and the refusal to give up plays a big part in becoming published writer.

  5. I think of a quote by George Bernard Shaw: "The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them."

    Knowing what you want and knowing what it takes to make it happen is a good combination for making your own luck.


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