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Archive: Skill versus Luck

Luck and timing

Most people understand that chance favors the prepared and they equate luck with timing more than anything else.

By Michael J. Berland | November 20, 2009; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Counting cards

Life can be like a game of chance: We are all counting cards and gauging people as we present proposals and work on business deals.

By Jan Scruggs | November 13, 2009; 02:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vision and action

Skill is necessary but you also need a vision and action steps that lead to success.

By Jeanine Cogan | November 13, 2009; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Maximizing opportunities

Luck places opportunities in front of you and skill maximizes the opportunities.

By Kristina Bouweiri | November 13, 2009; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ties that bond

A coach or manager building alliances and trust with pivotal players is one of the most critical ingredients for team success.

By Raul J. Fernandez | November 13, 2009; 08:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Up to a point

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.

By Michelle Singletary | November 12, 2009; 03:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

More than talent alone

Luck can help boost a person to success.

By Tanya S. Chutkan | November 12, 2009; 03:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Much more required

Luck certainly pays a role in achieving success -- but success requires much more.

By Fred Malek | November 12, 2009; 02:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hard work, skill and faith

Success is a unique combination of hard work, skill and faith -- all mixed in appropriate portions.

By Jean Crowder Drummond | November 12, 2009; 02:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lotteries, Lou Gehrig and life

Success does not come through luck, although being able to take advantage of coincidental opportunities is a great skill to cultivate.

By Patricia McGuire | November 12, 2009; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Breaks and staying power

Luck plays a big role in life, but one needs staying power to "hang around the hoop long enough" to be in a position to win more than lose.

By Russ Ramsey | November 12, 2009; 08:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

One step at a time

It's the small steps -- the ones we don't see every day -- that lead us to success.

By Misti Burmeister | November 12, 2009; 08:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

If doors don't open . . .

There is no doubt that other people can open doors -- but then it's up to you to actually connect and make things happen.

By Eric Schaeffer | November 12, 2009; 08:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bias against luck

Most social science research shows is that one's own success is more chance-dependent than we think.

By Catherine H. Tinsley | November 12, 2009; 08:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Born with it

Success is probable if you pursue endeavors that coincide with your natural skills and abilities.

By Celeste Owens | November 12, 2009; 08:05 AM ET | Comments (2)

Sweet serendipity

It wasn't until I started focusing on my goals, breaking them down into incremental steps and then working diligently to accomplish them that serendipity stepped into my life.

By Kelly Harman | November 12, 2009; 08:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Getting "lucky"

Develop the capacity to take advantage of luck.

By Tom Heath | November 12, 2009; 07:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

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