Luck is an Offensive, Abhorrent Concept

Luck is an Offensive, Abhorrent Concept

"Luck is an offensive, abhorrent concept. The idea that there is a force in the universe tilting events in your favor or against it is ridiculous. Idiots rely on luck.”
Sherlock Holmes, (Elementary)

Did you hear about the Golden State Warriors winning 28 games in a row? The way that ball bounced in overtime against the Celtics. Steph Curry (MVP) did a 1-and-a-half dribble underneath the opponent's arm. He made it look so easy. But what you don’t know is that move has taken hours and hours of dribble work. Just working on his wrist strength. Watch for yourself.

In fact, as a child, he followed his father around the NBA, shooting on the NBA goals, practicing, dreaming of one day hitting that big shot.

The dribble move wasn’t luck. Neither is his record breaking season. He’s a 27 year-old, overnight success.

How about that MMA fight from last weekend? Did you see what happened there? Conor McGregor (The Mouth from Ireland) KO’d the defending champ in 13 seconds (video), which is the fastest KO record ever. After the fight, the media was going crazy about how fast he pulled off the victory. McGregor replied in his Irish accent, “It may be 13 seconds to all of you out there but for my friends and fans, you know this has been a long time coming…"

He’s been fighting and practicing for ages.

Let’s continue our sports pop culture update, shall we?

Also on Saturday night, Derrick Henry won the Heisman trophy. During his speech, he thanked God, his grandmother, and his parents. He was 1 of something like 17 children. Yet, the story of behind the scenes—he carried the ball 50 times in practice. Pounding and bruising the defense. As soon as practice ends, he grabs 500 lbs off the squat rack and starts squatting.

He refused help from the weight coach—“No coach, I got this. I got this. Let me do it on my own."

That’s determination toward a higher vision. He wants the championship.

No overnight success there. You try squatting anything after running for 2 straight hours in full gear.

Enough with the sports news, let’s give you a few examples from elsewhere.

In preparation for his State of the Union address (video), President Obama practiced and prepared late into the night. All of his speeches prepared him for that one. He spent meticulous time pouring over his address.

"For President Obama, this isn’t simply an editing exercise. He’s invested in creating the State of the Union because he sees it as his opportunity to take his vision for the country to the American people directly."

Some friends of mine made it on Shark Tank last month and are selling millions of dollars of wooden bowties. Yep, you read that right. But you haven’t seen the backstory—years working in their home garages, learning the skills and crafts to prepare them for the efficient, process-oriented workshop today that can scale to millions. And they’re still learning.

The team over at Global Digital Village (an upcoming tech project we’re excited to be working on)—they’ve built the backbone of the telecom industry. Yet they’re just getting started. All of that hard work and effort to prepare them for what’s next.

All of these people have some sort of vision and dream. But they don’t stop there.

  • They implement.
  • They take action and move.
  • And they’re constantly learning.
  • Every single day.

I agree with Sherlock. Luck is so overrated and ridiculous.

Settle your vision and your calling first. Then, work hard. Show up and implement. Iterate and learn. Then, repeat.

(photo via nathan rupert)