The Luck Theory of Making Things Happen.
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Making Things Happen

I am always interested in the question of how things happen.  You know the question behind the question.  If all our best ideas had been executed, we would all be successful beyond our wildest dreams.  Making things happen-execution- is a pretty darn important part of the process of being successful. 

So what is the difference between people with great ideas and peoples whose great ideas realize fruition?  It sounds like a worthy question.  One worth exploring.

Comments

John

To me, the difference lies in simply saying, "Yes, I'm going to do this." I've known a lot of people over the years that have talked about starting a business, but the ones that have become successful took that extra step. The most successful people I know didn't let the fear of failure--or even the thought of failure--influence their capital or feasibility concerns. I like to think of those that took that extra step as being rationally reckless, constantly treading that fine line between chaos and control. The reason they are able to successfully tread that line is because they had initial-state rationality, the kind that sets the parameters or axioms for success and then lets the chaos roll. They remind me a bit of capitalism itself: if the first step is rational, e.g. a self interested actor, then that which follows, seemingly chaos, is itself indistinguishable from magic.

So, I think we can take a lot from Nietzsche in this regard: “Formula for our happiness: a Yes, a No, a straight line, a goal.”

Knoxville Investigator

Well, I think it comes down to perseverence. Calvin Coolidge said it best: "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, 'press on' has solved, and always will solve, the problems of the human race."

Knoxville Investigator

Well, I think it comes down to perseverence. Calvin Coolidge said it best: "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, 'press on' has solved, and always will solve, the problems of the human race."

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