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Robert H. Frank (@econnaturalist) is the Goldwin Smith Professor of Economics at Cornell University and author of Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy. The Cheat Sheet: As we strive to achieve success, there are natural limits on how hard we can work and how smart we can be. There's no denying that luck plays a part in this achievement. Understand the role of luck, talent, and hard work in the overall formula. Discover why we tend to minimize the role of luck in our success. Find out how to maximize our luck in life by way of context outside of talent and work. Learn new ways to look at the luck factor and turn it to our advantage.

Understand the role of luck


Luck: The Winner’s Reason and the Losers Excuse

(Excerpt from the May 29, 2016 show where Adam criticizes the concept of luck and a by Robert H. Frank from May 20, 2016)

Whether through misplaced humility or an inability to acknowledge one’s shortcomings, Luck is often the go-to explanation for the successful and the unsuccessful.

The Failure of Relying on Luck

Matt Dillahunty and Tracie Harris of The Atheist Experience discuss the futility of relying on luck and how doing so keeps one from realizing and cultivating their real potential.



Luck is not some nebulous state or characteristic bestowed randomly upon certain special souls.

A better way of characterizing the phenomenon that we call "luck" is--in its "good" state: a preparation of ONESELF that makes one susceptible to probable favorable opportunities.

In its "bad" state, where one may have not explicitly, or at least not with express intent, become subject of some unfavorable event, has nevertheless, found themselves in, or been put in a situation that has made them susceptible to an unfavorable circumstance.

You CAN think of luck as a four leaf clover--where the clover is NOT a magical item that imbues the possessor with favor, but as simply ANY DESIRED THING, that one must not only make oneself proximal to physically, but to have prepared oneself for taking advantage of the opportunity to possess it when it presents itself.

"Ability is nothing without opportunity."


"The harder I work, the luckier I get."

         -Thomas Edison

Luck of the Well-Prepared

“When believe in things you don’t understand suffer.”

‘Superstitious’ - Stevie Wonder