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Luck vs Skill?

What percentage of success would you allocate to each one of them?

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Jesus Perez
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Jesus Perez Entrepreneur
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Luck 0%
Skill 100% ONLY if Combined with an insane work ethic.
Shel Horowitz: Shel AT GreenAndProfitable com
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I help organizations thrive by building social transformation into your products, your services, and your marketing
Fill in any percentages you want and it will be true for *somebody's* business.They vary so situationally! And add a third variable: timing (which can be a matter of luck, skill, or both).
Christopher Conroy
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Depends on how you're defining success and in what context. If you're defining success by external rewards (career progression and accomplishments, obtaining things, being a top performer), there's a ton of evidence to suggest that success is a function of consistent practice maximizing an inherent talent, and that luck is in turn a function of that skill and work ethic finding exposure to as many contexts where those characteristics can be invested in and rewarded as possible. If you're defining success based on internal reward systems (self-confidence, overall life satisfaction, moment-to-moment happiness) then that has much to do with your outlook and daily practices of personal enrichment -- although there are a lot of studies that suggest this can be modified by certain aspects of socioeconomic status.
Shyla Klinder
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Shyla Klinder Advisor
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Skill 90% luck 10% Sent from my iPhone
Marvin Schuldiner, MBA, APM
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Problem Solver at Sanns, LLC
Skill dictates what you can control. Luck controls everything outside of that. Each project will have different portions of each.
Sam McAfee
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Sam McAfee Advisor
Building Popup Incubators for Corporate Innovation Programs
Luck isn't real. People who are open to trying things and continue to do so repeatedly, simply have more positive experiences mathematically than people who are too afraid to try things (they have more negative experiences too, but we don't notice as much). They appear more lucky. It's a tolerance for risk combined with a managing of bets by making them small and frequent, instead of huge and only a few times.
Tom DiClemente
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Tom DiClemente Advisor
Management Consulting | Interim CEO/COO | Coach
There is no magic split. For some it has been 100% skill/0% luck, for others, you could transpose those numbers, and others fall everywhere in between.

The important thing to remember is - don't count on luck. Skill, perseverance, and an extraordinary work ethic are all you can count on. Sometimes when you're doing those things, luck happens!
Cesare San Martino
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Cesare San Martino Entrepreneur
Managing the complexity
Reality is you need both. But you don't control luck, so you better focus on what you can do . . . . No point in wandering what role has luck in a success. Just keep on trying.
Vinuth Tulasi
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Member of Technical Staff at Stealth Mode Storage Startup
If you consider "Right opportunity at the right time and right place" as luck then you need skills to drive your luck and get that right opportunity. So skills is 100%.
Shel Horowitz: Shel AT GreenAndProfitable com
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I disagree with those who say luck has no role. I've had the luck to be well-timed on some business ventures--in part because I had the skill to anticipate trends, but in part because I was lucky--and I've also had some business ventures do very poorly because even though all the pieces were in place for success, outside factors got in the way

But of course, if you have to choose one, make it skill ;-).
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