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Postby Li Weng » Wed Nov 12, 2008 6:56 pm

I believe it's 95% attitude and 5% luck. And that 5% luck is generated by the 95% attitude.
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Postby queenofkaos » Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:28 pm

Good one :0)
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Postby dagmar » Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:37 pm

Honestly, I don't believe in luck.

I believe on setting goals and achieving them through hard work and dedication.

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Postby MichaelS » Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:54 pm

It's the risk that's the problem for most people.

Jump on the opportunity.

I've seen mentally "not all there" people make more money than most people because they knew what they could do when they set a goal, and work hard for it.
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Postby holidaymaine » Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:48 am

I don't have luck. I make luck from hard work. If you create a solid plan and follow it word for word you will notice how thing start to fall into place.
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Postby Publisher-For-You » Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:07 am

I've been self employed for 30 years, and so appreciate the value of a good attitude, and a pull ourselves up by our bootstraps mindset.

I've noticed that it's common to say attitude is everything in online business, and this is probably because it's true.

What we rarely see is any serious effort to teach the kind of attitudes that are necessary for self employment. If attitude is everything, why are cliches the main instruction technique?

I hope to respectfully debate the notion that luck does not exist.

Did we have anything to do with being born? Luck.

Did we have anything to do with our basic intelligence? Luck.

Did we have anything to do with our genetics, or the family we were born in to? Luck.

Did we choose to be born in to a free country, where we would be able to be self employed? Luck.

Did we personally invent the Internet marketplace? Luck.

Did we choose to be the kind of person who would have a get up and go attitude? Our invention, our decision? More luck.

Some of us, most of us, don't take full advantage of all the amazing luck we've been given. Working on that is, attitude.
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Postby lisamariemary » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:37 pm

This is a very interesting thread, indeed! Thanks for reviving it - I feel like we all just had coffee at Denny's or something - with one of those long, group discussions! (Even tho this thread is kinda old!)
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Postby Publisher-For-You » Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:48 pm

Coffee at Denny's? OMG, that would be bad luck. :-)
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The intersection

Postby createyourdream » Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:36 pm

Kind of like following the Yellow Brick Road. There are synchronistic events and choices you make along the way that color and frame the results of what happens.

Luck, I think not. Attitude, hard to package. Hard work a paradox-Many who work hard find themselves unsuccessful, many who work less find success easier. The intersection of preparedness for action when inspiration and opportunity converge is a key ingredient that can happen at any time in our journey.

I chuckle whenever I hear the term "overnight" success. No one is, really. So often you find that a person who has any success in life is usually one who creates it along the way over and over again in whatever their circumstances are. Then, someone else notices, and follows, interested in finding out more, and the person who is followed finds they want to give more value to the world too.

just my 2cents. Interesting thread. Glad I found it.

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Re: The intersection

Postby Publisher-For-You » Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:29 am

Yes, an interesting thread, agreed. Very relevant to online success, and life success too.

createyourdream wrote:The intersection of preparedness for action when inspiration and opportunity converge is a key ingredient that can happen at any time in our journey.

Yes, at any time, miracles do happen, often in the most unexpected ways. I've seen this in my own life.

I was a wallpaper installer for 15 years before stumbling in to great success on the net.

Huh? What? How does hanging wallpaper prepare one for success in the online newsletter hosting business???

Remarkably, surprisingly, it does.

The key skill online is that set of attitudes that one learns in a self employment lifestyle. It doesn't matter that much how one is self employed.

Naturally, when the unexpected success came, my ego ran wild with it, and I was very proud of what "I" had accomplished.

But wait, rewind the story...

How did I get self employed in the first place? I had no choice, I'm genetically incapable of being a corporate guy.

And where did this come from?

Generations of self employed family members before me. Did I decide to be self employed, or was it pretty much inevitable, decided before I was born?

If we very carefully trace both our successes and failures back to their source, we can see that we aren't really in charge of much of anything too important. We decide things like, what kind of sandwich we should have for lunch.

We're floating downstream in a canoe, on a wide river, neither of our making. And there's a big waterfall up ahead, and there's nothing we can do about that either. :-)

It's a very human illusion to assign ourselves both credit and blame for things we really have nothing to do with. It's a fun illusion, would have to agree there.

I wrote this post, it's brilliant! :-)
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Success, Luck or Attitude?

Postby silvrsentinel » Sat May 30, 2009 7:49 pm

I think its a bit of both, maybe 80% attitude 20% luck. I think you have to prepare yourself for when opportunities arise, so you definitely have to have the right attitude before a good opportunity comes your way.

Also patience, patience is a good ingredient to ensure you don't give up.

Also I think opportunities for success often arrive in disguise, so you definitely have to have the right attitude to recognize them as a potential goldmine as opposed to just to much hard work.

From my experience, the better your attitude the better you are at recognizing opportunities and the better your chances of success. If you don't have the right attitude it doesn't mean the opportunities for success are not there, rather you just can't recognize them.
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Postby sarah_9 » Wed Jun 24, 2009 12:11 am


The key ingredient of success is hard work and right attitude, though some attain it through luck, but there are very few people who attain richness by luck you have to work to sustain it.

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