Luck

Success awaits people who have everything in order – luck, people call it.

– Roald Amundsen

I’m slowly making my way through a second reading of Peter Thiel’s Zero to One. While I often have a hard time convincing myself to read a book twice given all the great books out there I’ll never have time for, this one is different.

First, this book is brilliant in many ways, so it’s quite a pleasure to read again. Second, this book is brilliant in many ways, so a chump like me needs another pass to truly understand the author and decide where the messages can be applied in my life.

I disagree with how Thiel handles his chapter about luck. I understand what he’s trying to say, but don’t understand dismissing in a book about billion dollar startups. Looking around, it’s obvious that some are more fortunate than others. A portion of that is luck. So why dismiss it?

How I think we should approach luck:

  • Our mindset should ignore it – meaning we shouldn’t plan on having any – but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. When it comes, be grateful.
  • In order to make the most of what we have, we must make our own luck. We must “have everything in order”, as the quote above captures eloquently.

 

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