Jeanine Cogan
Executive coach

Jeanine Cogan

Heads Cogan Coaching and is on the faculty of the Center for Continuing and Professional Education at Georgetown University.


Vision and action

Q: How much does achieving success rely on luck vs. skill? This week a Western Maryland lumberjack named Darvin Moon won $5 million in the World Series of Poker. He insists he is no more skilled at cards than any recreational player. What do you think?

Darvin Moon's success at poker is an example of a man with a clear vision and the confidence to pursue this vision.

Skill certainly is needed for success -- if you want to be a surgeon but do not have the concentration and fine motor skills required than this will be a difficult career choice for you. Yet you also can have all the skill in the world -- and no one will ever know it if you lack the vision and "go for it" action steps that lead to success.

When Obama entered the presidential scene he was not the candidate with the most skill or experience. Yet he was the candidate who had a clear and steadfast vision of being president and what that would mean for him and the world. He was influenced by the vision of Martin Luther King and others. And he followed his vision with clear effective action.

Action is what will differentiate those who have a dream and attain it from those who have a dream and don't.

By Jeanine Cogan  |  November 13, 2009; 11:10 AM ET  | Category:  Skill versus Luck Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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