The tragedy of good Luck / Die Tragödie des Glücks / A tragédia da boa Sorte / La tragedia de la buena Suerte

You can be an do your best and still fail. You can be attractive and not get called back. You can be qualified and not get the job (just as you can be unqualified and get the job).

Understanding that much of life is out of your control frees you from arrogance when things go rightly, and from total self-deprecation when they do not.

Accepting that a significant portion of life is luck and timing should not lead you to sulking or inaction, but to freedom.

Freedom from thinking something is wrong with you, or from taking drastic action to change something about you you are uncomfortable with. It grants you freedom from thinking that every unfortunate event or undesired result is on you.

Anything can happen to anyone. Again for emphasis. Anything can happen to anyone. Malice and misfortune choose their victims blindly.

The moment you realize that the chances of you being born in a slum in India or in an upper-middle class home in America are equal is the moment you realize what luck really is.

We exploit our giftings, our circumstances, our passions and our skills. We reframe the negative connotation of this word, flip it on its head and use it in a way that brings out the highest quality versions of ourselves.

Whatever your uniquely assigned lot is, from your childhood, to your present situation, to your talents and your turmoils, exploit it in such a way that you and everyone around you is made better by it. Exploit your lot. Utilize your story.

Love whatever luck and timing have given to you.

The philosophy of luck, or perhaps even the philosophy of Self, is that which seeks nothing other than precisely what has been assigned, wholly recognizing the gift that is uniqueness.

Your placement might have been random, but it was not wrong.

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