Michelle Singletary
Washington Post columnist

Michelle Singletary

Her Post column, "The Color of Money," is syndicated in more than 100 newspapers; her new book, "The Power to Prosper: 21 Days to Financial Freedom" will be available in January.

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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?

I was lucky to end up being raised by my grandmother, Big Mama. But it was totally up to me to learn from her life lessons, many of which have led to my success.

Luck gets you in the door or at the table or in the vicinity of success but it's up to you and the skills you've obtained to take it all the way.

The poker player, Darvin Moon, says it wasn't his skill that won him that $5 million in poker but he's wrong. Luck got him the right cards, his skill showed him how to play those cards.

Luck will only get you so far.

By Michelle Singletary  |  November 12, 2009; 3:31 PM ET  | Category:  Skill versus Luck Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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