Success comes, in large part, from luck. Michael Lewis recently gave a commencement speech at Princeton and this was his theme.
I found the speech and the stories circulating about it interesting. I like Lewis and think he has some good perspective on a number of issues. The circumstances we were born into and much of what affects our lives in a very basic way is certainly just luck. In recruiting we deal with luck all the time. There are so many moving parts and so many issues that luck plays a big role.
But…Hustle Makes The Breaks Called Luck (one of my favorite old coaching lines). So if you were born into great circumstances and work really hard you can get really lucky, and if you were born into great circumstances and don’t work really hard, then you won’t be so lucky. Many times we are lucky to find the needle in the haystack that our client is looking for. Of course, if we didn’t work really hard we wouldn’t have gotten lucky.
Todd Kmiec and Associates