Succeeding: luck, intelligence or work?

You know the adage, “To the well-born soul, value does not wait for the number of years. ” by Cornelius? Among your acquaintances, you may know someone who, despite his young age, has a certain wisdom that is more pronounced than others. One might say that this is unfair, that he is probably intelligent, that he has understood everything and that he will go further than others, that he will succeed in life, etc., etc. Well, think again.

Of course, sometimes being intelligent can save time, but I think we can find as many intelligent people who will have succeeded in their life and others who will have failed (which is quite subjective anyway).

Similarly, there are different intelligences that are challenged by causes internal or external to our cognitive abilities that can influence any life negatively. So being smart is better, but it won’t make all the difference and you won’t necessarily become wiser than someone else.

Will he be more likely to succeed in life if he is luckier? Given the small number of winners of the lottery jackpot, statistically, we can say that, while a certain amount of luck in chance is desirable in certain situations where you don’t have control over your plans, betting on luck alone is certainly not a solution.

Let’s get to work!

You are still the work. That’s good, you normally know what it is and you’ve been able to realize that it allows you to move forward year after year, to pass (or fail) exams, etc.. But what about the majority of people who work?

With a certain degree of ambition, as long as they manage to eat their fill, own their own car and afford a red Ferrari, one can imagine that they have made a success of their lives, but is it so extraordinary if everyone does it and if they take a lifetime to do it?

I’m not saying that work is worthless, quite the contrary, but you only have to look at what a minority of people do:

  • They go from a rudimentary computer built in their garage to Apple,
  • so-and-so goes from a college site with measured ambition to Facebook,
  • so-and-so goes from a sober search engine to Google, etc.

I’m not saying that you all have to come up with a great idea and give up your studies for entrepreneurship. I’m just trying to make people understand that the interest of work is to be relativized in success.

But not only…

Apart from becoming aware of the potential of an idea, as in the cases mentioned, it is necessary to realize that there is a part of luck, a part of intelligence and a lot of work:

Luck is what you see the most in exams: you come across a subject that you master, that’s how it happens, it happens, but you can’t rely on it for every subject.

Intelligence will help you to think or organize yourself more quickly or to find methods to help you do so, as well as to assimilate notions that will allow you to know where to find information, efficiently, who to ask the right questions to, etc. But you can’t be smart about everything.

As for work, you will not ignore it, you can reduce the duration of this work or optimise it in the best case on the basis of a few tips, but you will not cut it.

And sometimes the three combine extraordinarily well: pure chance, you are lucky enough to come across an article that explains to you that it can be interesting to take the time to read other articles (from a blog for example) carefully, even if they give you the keys not to work less but to work better, the trick is to have the intelligence to understand that it is for your own good and the loop will be closed!

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