Tanya S. Chutkan
Law firm partner

Tanya S. Chutkan

Partner in the D.C. office of Boies, Schiller & Flexner law firm, specializing in litigation and white-collar criminal defense.


More than talent alone

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?

Unless you happen to have a rare and very specialized skill, you need a little of both.

Lots of very talented people haven't had success commensurate with their skills, while others who may be less talented, but lucky, achieve fame and fortune.

And yes, I'm including looks and family influence in the "lucky" category. Does anyone really think all the children of famous actors who succeed in showbiz get there on talent alone?

By Tanya S. Chutkan  |  November 12, 2009; 3:24 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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