Smart or Lucky: What's Better?

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Taking a quick poll for an article I'm writing for my newsletter on Making Your Own Lucky Breaks. My question, would you rather be smart or lucky (lucky meaning having a knack for being in the right place at the right time)?

Elaborate if the spirit moves you.

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  • Profile picture of the author believemarketing
    I would rather work hard and then be lucky.... this way u will have that 'rewarded', 'success' feeling that comes with it....

    this is strictly my opinion but being lucky without preparation, u are more likely to take things for granted and waste all....
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  • Profile picture of the author hueyliew
    Luck is only for the wishful thinking, even if you are so lucky that striked $1M in a lottery or something, will you be able to sustain your new found wealth?

    With smart and hardwork of course, with both feet firmly on the ground, you do not need to be lucky, your reward will eventually come and when it come others will view you as "lucky guy" or overnight success.

    Many have heard Ray Kroc's (McDonalds) lucky overnight success! .... but in his own words; it was a long "overnight" 40 years in the making.
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    • Profile picture of the author Naeem Sikandar
      Originally Posted by hueyliew View Post

      Luck is only for the wishful thinking, even if you are so lucky that striked $1M in a lottery or something, will you be able to sustain your new found wealth?

      With smart and hardwork of course, with both feet firmly on the ground, you do not need to be lucky, your reward will eventually come and when it come others will view you as "lucky guy" or overnight success.

      Many have heard Ray Kroc's (McDonalds) lucky overnight success! .... but in his own words; it was a long "overnight" 40 years in the making.
      I TOTALLY AGREE WITH HUEYLIEW.. YOU REALLY NEED TO BE SMART AND CONSTANT HARD WORKER SO THAT YOUR LUCK NEVER LEAVES YOU IN ANY KIND OF CIRCUMTANCES.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jacob Hargreave
    Originally Posted by The Niche Man View Post

    Taking a quick poll for an article I'm writing for my newsletter on Making Your Own Lucky Breaks. My question, would you rather be smart or lucky (lucky meaning having a knack for being in the right place at the right time)?

    Elaborate if the spirit moves you.

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    I think I'll stick with the "smarts" as having that quality will enable you to create your own "luck".
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    • Profile picture of the author JRCarson
      Yeah, I think with more preparation, knowledge, and hard work comes more luck.
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      • Profile picture of the author topan
        Originally Posted by JRCarson View Post

        Yeah, I think with more preparation, knowledge, and hard work comes more luck.
        Absolutely agree with this, just focus on action then when opportunity came, that two mixtures can blend into luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jimmy Reilly
    Originally Posted by The Niche Man View Post

    Taking a quick poll for an article I'm writing for my newsletter on Making Your Own Lucky Breaks. My question, would you rather be smart or lucky (lucky meaning having a knack for being in the right place at the right time)?

    Elaborate if the spirit moves you.

    Thanks
    90% of what I do fails...

    I'm smart enough to know when I'm lucky, and exploit it to the fullest.

    - Reilly
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  • Profile picture of the author tk226
    Originally Posted by The Niche Man View Post

    Taking a quick poll for an article I'm writing for my newsletter on Making Your Own Lucky Breaks. My question, would you rather be smart or lucky (lucky meaning having a knack for being in the right place at the right time)?

    Elaborate if the spirit moves you.

    Thanks
    It's a question of situation. We would like to lucky where our smartness may have loopholes
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  • Profile picture of the author Murt@gh
    I think luck is only something we create, by taking action. From what I have seen so far in my life, you will rarely find much luck without much action taken.

    In an ideal world, I'd like to have both smarts and luck. Luck generally comes about and creates those 'right place at the right time' moments, but funnily enough, all those that have ever been succussful, always seem to say they were at the 'right place at the right time' when actually - they always put themselves in that place by taking action and therefore created their own luck. Of course this is only my perception of it, but that is what I think anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author HorseStall
    Why not both ;-)

    Personally I think with IM if you are smart, then you make your own luck. Getting really lucky like winning the lottery is just pure chance, and doesn't generally apply to IM.
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    • Profile picture of the author SonnyAmaama
      Personally I would rather be lucky. I know that people taking action is differently something that helps you with being lucky. But in this world with the type of competition there is I would rather be lucky.

      I think everyone can take the same steps, have the same knowledge and compete very intensely, but I think luck is just that little extra thing you need to take it one step further.
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  • Profile picture of the author magnates
    I would pick smart over lucky any day . Luck is like a bird that quickily flies away .Being smart has permanent usefulness
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  • Profile picture of the author DIGITALCHAMELEON
    I would rather choose smart since it is reflection from your personality and making money from your own effort, lucky, sorry but i don't believe in luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisKahler
    Neither are really better. Being smart is only good if you are creative too. Being lucky is only good if you understand action.

    If your smart (in a sense of wisdom or analyzing data) you simply have the ability to discern correct observations from incorrect observations. However, if you are not creative enough to benefit from your observations that is no better than reading a book and not understanding it.

    If you are lucky and happen to be in the right places at the right times, that just means you are presented with opportunities, not that they will actually help you. You've got to understand what forces compel you to begin action in a sense that you plan to finish the action.

    What's the true key to discerning between the two in a way that incorporates both for benefit towards personal development?

    Your ability to respond to life. Reaction to the events you encounter will help you utilize your smarts and lucky breaks. If you purposefully choose your reactions correctly, then you will discern a subject well (gain wisdom), but will also understand that wisdom (the creativeness to use it).

    If you purposefully choose your reactions correctly you can alter how you are perceived, the situations you will encounter, and will find more "lucky breaks" by simply being an attractive person for those breaks. When those breaks are encountered, if you purposefully control your reaction and decide to commit to the opportunity and TAKE ACTION you will find yourself making massive changes in your life.

    Hope that helps!
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    • Well, 'luck' is great, but really by definition it is something outside our control.

      Being 'smart' is something that *is* within our control by educating ourselves.

      As for being in the right place at the right time, there are 2 points to make...

      Firstly, that knack can be developed, because as you learn more about your goal/niche, you will get to know where that right place is!

      Secondly, being in the right place at the right time also has an extra requirement - being ready!
      When opportunity comes, you have to be ready - one qute I remember says 'luck is when opportunity meets preparedness'
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  • Profile picture of the author Debra Barrow
    Lucky is being in the right place at the right time.
    Being smart is knowing how to take advantage of it.
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    • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
      Originally Posted by Debra Barrow View Post

      Lucky is being in the right place at the right time.
      Being smart is knowing how to take advantage of it.
      That's deep Debra, that ties a nice bow around both concepts. Luck is only beneficial if have the smarts (or common sense) to take advantage of it. I know many people who've blown lucky breaks, I'm sure everyone knows someone.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kai Pei
    Here's a classic formula:

    Preparation + Opportunity = Success

    I believe luck comes to those who are best prepared. You've probably heard stories of big-time lotto winners that squander their wealth and fall flat on their face, broke again after a short spell because they never learned how to harness and manage their newfound wealth.

    I believe that all successful entrepreneurs have something in common... they're willing to work hard and do whatever it takes to achieve their dreams.

    When they breakthrough, many people label it Good Luck.

    The mountain of blood, sweat, and tears is obscured by success.

    There's a saying, "The bitter the bitter, the sweeter the sweet."

    In the majority of cases, people struggle before they succeed. And that can be a good thing; teaching one to value the riches they acquire.
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    • Profile picture of the author ChrisKahler
      Originally Posted by Kai Pei View Post

      Here's a classic formula:

      Preparation + Opportunity = Success

      I believe luck comes to those who are best prepared. You've probably heard stories of big-time lotto winners that squander their wealth and fall flat on their face, broke again after a short spell because they never learned how to harness and manage their newfound wealth.

      I believe that all successful entrepreneurs have something in common... they're willing to work hard and do whatever it takes to achieve their dreams.

      When they breakthrough, many people label it Good Luck.

      The mountain of blood, sweat, and tears is obscured by success.

      There's a saying, "The bitter the bitter, the sweeter the sweet."

      In the majority of cases, people struggle before they succeed. And that can be a good thing; teaching one to value the riches they acquire.
      I agree with you on this one! An opportunity is only beneficial when it's actually taken advantage of. I've actually heard a story about a lottery winner in New York that never even claimed their winnings. Why buy a ticket if you don't intend to win?

      That's a missed opportunity for them. Luck is not "chance" it is "chosen".

      Good post Mr. Kai Pei!
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  • Profile picture of the author Vlad Bacioiu
    Originally Posted by The Niche Man View Post

    My question, would you rather be smart or lucky (lucky meaning having a knack for being in the right place at the right time)?

    Elaborate if the spirit moves you.

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    varies from person to person. If you're smart you can earn by working and if you're lucky you can win by a ... "lucky".
    My guess is that it must first be smarter to be lucky before. It is as question "Who was first? egg or chicken?. In addition if we think, if you're smart means you already had that lucky.
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  • Profile picture of the author renangll
    Without smarts, short term luck will not be converted to long term benefit.
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  • Profile picture of the author dcristo
    Smart people create their own luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author DTConsult
    I'd rather be smart in the sense of being savvy with something - like knowing what it takes to be successful and just staying with doing that all the time until making the success happen.

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  • Profile picture of the author mokondo
    I don't believe in "being lucky". You get what you deserve. You should read "the power 2010" by Rhonda Byrne. Everyone deserves to be lucky as long as they 100 % believe they can get "lucky".
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  • Profile picture of the author charissertillman
    Everybody wise if it is used correctly, the luck will favor not accidentally come into our lives
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  • Profile picture of the author ProScribe
    Being lucky might be considered a certain sort of intelligence anyway. But if I had to choose the too I'll take smart.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Nick
    I'd rather be smart, its much easier to manifest luck than it is to maniest 'smart' if you will. being lucky is a mindset that anyone can manifest, however being smart takes hard work, burrying your head in books and such.
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    • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
      Here's the other other side of the coin. Luck (good fortune or miracles if you will) can happen quicker and cause more dramatic paradigm shifts than building intelligence. Right? or No?

      It helps to level the playing field if you're not born with brains, a chance at formal education or natural smarts. You see it everyday.

      Look at the Kardashians, Paris Hilton and the army of (no talent) people who are famous for being famous. Or people at the right place and the right time.
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  • Profile picture of the author RichBeck
    In entrepreneurial endeavors, I believe as Kai wrote:

    Preparation + Opportunity = Success

    This way, I would rather work smart.... The breaks will come... In God's time... Not ours...

    God Bless,

    Rich
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  • Profile picture of the author TMercT
    Smarts is better because its consistant and being consistant is huge in IM and business in general. I do believe in luck but lightning never strikes twice......
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  • Profile picture of the author Elain Potter
    I will choose to be lucky, because I know I'm unlucky if I'm smart, and I won't succeed. But if I'm not smart but lucky, I will still be successful.
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  • Profile picture of the author karenmonahan
    you are right HorseStall
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  • I'd rather be smart, luck only comes rarely but being smart is infinite.
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  • Profile picture of the author jchoros
    smart puts you in a better position to benefit from luck, you gotta be good to be lucky and lucky to be good!
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    I'd rather be smart.
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  • Profile picture of the author Certitude
    I think that if you're smart you don't need luck.

    If you're smart you know the right place and the right time already.
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    • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
      Originally Posted by Certitude View Post

      I think that if you're smart you don't need luck.

      If you're smart you know the right place and the right time already.
      I think that's called being psychic isn't it?
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      • Profile picture of the author Certitude
        Originally Posted by The Niche Man View Post

        I think that's called being psychic isn't it?
        Being psychic would imply access to information hidden from the normal senses. If you're smart you use your everyday senses to access information that allows you to make better decisions which will put you in the right place at the right time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Evocess
    I think lucky is just part of being smart because lucky is just happening for a chance. With hardwork there is no other factor to make it work just take an action then hardwork will happen.
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  • Originally Posted by The Niche Man View Post

    would you rather be smart or lucky (lucky meaning having a knack for being in the right place at the right time)?

    Elaborate if the spirit moves you.
    Elaborating.

    I don't think it is about being smart OR being lucky. I think it's about making good decisions based on the good decisions others have made that lead to their success.

    I also don't think luck has anything to do with anything, as the 'spirit' is the one who puts us in the 'right place at the right time.'

    The only time someone has excessive bad 'luck' is when they are doing things that are either:
    A. proven to fail
    B. doing things over and over again that they shouldn't be doing

    Being smart, for this same reason, also has nothing to do with it. Maybe I say this because I've been blessed with a brain, but that doesn't mean I don't make bad decisions. Being smart can only take somebody so far. Being lucky is the same concept.

    What's the point of being smart if someone fails to make good decisions?
    What's the point of being lucky if the person does not realize this is due to the good decisions they make?

    I could say I'm lucky... I could say I'm smart... all in all, neither one matters as much as making the right decisions when they present themselves at the right time. Some may call me lucky because I get to work from home with my kid running around in the background. "Wow, she lucked up!"

    No, fact of the matter is I work from home because I got kicked out of highschool @ 16. Most would say my road ended there. But then I made a good decision. And I got my GED. After my GED, I built my first blog.

    A few years later I made another good decision. To go to school for printing and graphics. I wanted to be a newspaper publisher. But due to the cost and the 'decisions' i made, I ended up sitting at home for THREE YEARS, making less than 10 a month. Did i mention I was working nearly 8 hours a day? Wow, that sure seems unlucky, doesn't it?

    But then, I made another decision. To learn OptimizePress. This changed my life around. I've now got more customers than I could ever dream of... all within a 6 month period.

    Do you call this luck? I'm not very lucky.
    Do you call this smart? It took me three years to get here... not too smart.
    Do you call this good decision making over the course of 10 years?

    yes.

    so all in all, I think making good decisions that are based around the good decisions of successful people is better. :p
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  • Profile picture of the author HAdrian1239
    I'd rather be both by any stretch of the imagination.... but I have found that you can't get by on luck alone... not long term anyway.

    However... smarts will get you pretty far. That said... if you have smarts without persistence, focus, and unstoppable determination... you will go nowhere.

    It's the total package, and your belief in yourself even at the exclusion of other people that causes people to be successful. Also smarts doesn't = educated necessarily. Some of the smartest most successful people I know... have been high school drop outs, or people with less than a high school education who.... will say upfront that they don't understand XYZ.

    BUT, they lived life, and learned... and when they needed to, they found people who DID understand it and continued on from there.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrelk159
    It would be good if you had both but life is never that free, but I perfer smarts because it is more consistant should follow a more linear progression of sucess, with luck, you might hit it big once but after you get "lucky", you might not be sucessful again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adevictus
    The more knowledge I retain, the luckier I am... strange
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    • Profile picture of the author loungebiz
      As for me, it's better to get smart first rather than lucky. Since a smart people always know what they're doing in order to be a lucky person. Lucky itself wont be enough if you don't have the knowledge. Just few people get lucky enough with zero knowledge but thing usually doesn't happen twice.
      It just my personal thought and opinion after all.
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    • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
      Originally Posted by Adevictus View Post

      The more knowledge I retain, the luckier I am... strange
      I agree with your basic point. The only thing, with me it''s ... "the more knowledge I retain and act on" ... the luckier I get.
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  • Profile picture of the author isaacburks9z
    Its hard to say because if your lucky are you so dumb you dont take advantage of your luck or do you? If your smart you can still be dumb; book smarts or street smarts, common sense goes a long way and thats its own form of smarts.

    I guess I would rather be smart and make my own luck and pave my own way with determination and hard work.
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  • Profile picture of the author timothybass
    I would prefer Smart, since Luck isn't always and i don't rely on luck so much.
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  • Profile picture of the author WF99
    I would rather work hard to be smart ; then be lucky....
    Because i believe , not every time you will get your luck when needed ..
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  • Profile picture of the author JaynKeth
    I have seen a good amount of people who are really lucky. But when I really look into their journey, most of them are not lucky all the time. They have gone through some road blocks also, and they got smarter. And the smarter they go, the better they are at finding lucks around.

    So I am going for smart
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  • Profile picture of the author ivanadee
    well...
    I will choose smart because it can create luck for a long term
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  • Profile picture of the author fearlesspioneer
    Both are needed. Sometimes we are very smart and work very hard, but finally we don't get the result we want beause of no luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author phoenixseo
    I would say smart people will get luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cataleya
    You need both to succeed, but knowledge is more important.
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  • Profile picture of the author hireava
    I'd rather go with smart. This quality also comes with hard work and it really feels great achieving success together with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author davidsu
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    "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."- Seneca
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  • Profile picture of the author hbteos234
    On Smarts:
    "if you've got an IQ of 160, give away 30 points to somebody else, because you don't need it" Warren Buffett

    On Luck:
    “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
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    both of them , i need it
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  • Definitely Smart works as you can always use your wits to improve your odds at being "Lucky"...
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  • Profile picture of the author prismkuet
    Smart,
    Luck can save you or favor you for once, twice, thrice not more than that. But smartness is forever.
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    • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
      I noticed the hands down favorite is to be smart. Many expressed how being smart can attract luck. I agree.

      But can luck force you to be smarter? I've had experiences where coming into a lucky break encouraged me to learn more - fast! In fact, I had to get smarter fast or lose the luck I gained. Anyone been there or done that?

      Another example of luck forcing you go get smarter fast, are lottery winners. The one's who get financially educated fast tend to keep it, and those who don't lose it in 5 - 7 years according to a Gallup Survey.
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