I interviewed one of Hollywood’s greatest directors the other day, Mark Schwahn and we spoke about many things but one topic in particular was the relationship between luck and hard work. Luck is a fact but what makes someone lucky? Their circumstances? Where they place themselves? Who they associate with? Hard work?
He used a quote from Branch Rickey which says, ‘luck is the residue of design.’
I analyzed this quote, gave it thought and attention for the days that followed. It is such a wonderful quote, which resonates with so much that I personally am still aiming and striving to achieve. In order to be successful you have to be prepared. You have to put in the work, the long hours and the determination, so that when luck strikes you’re ready. Luck could strike, but you may not be prepared.
For instance, you could be an aspiring author and on one particular day you meet the Head of Publishing from Pearson. If you don’t have your book proposal written or some of your best work to show, that opportunity is going to pass you by and you’ll be forgotten about.
I say work hard, always be prepared, think outside the box, don’t conform, believe in your own power and by all means believe in your vision.
Here is the full quote from Branch Rickey.
“Things worthwhile generally don’t just happen. Luck is a fact, but should not be a factor. Good luck is what is left over after intelligence and effort have combined at their best. Negligence or indifference are usually reviewed from an unlucky seat. The law of cause and effect and causality both work the same with inexorable exactitudes. Luck is the residue of design.”