How much does chance figure in to our success? Could anyone ever know for sure?
We love to plan and be in charge and to take credit for good outcomes, don't we?
This quote from Josh Bernoff's post about how we choose our future makes me think about how much chance affects everything.
(Personally, I believe the mighty hand of God is in charge, but you can read this quote with or without a spiritual perspective.)
"No book on business success tells you what a big role chance has in determining your future. We tell each other stories about the smart choices we make, but the stories are like constellations in the sky, connecting dots that have no real connections.
"Here’s what I can tell you: Acquire knowledge. Express confidence. Remain curious. Try things you haven’t done before. Opportunity, easy to see in retrospect, is impossible to recognize clearly when it’s happening. But if you follow these principles, you might be able to look back and brag about what great choices you made."
Bernhoff's readers left some good comments, and I especially liked this one from Larry Kunz:
"Acquire knowledge. Express confidence. Remain curious. Try things you haven’t done before.” Yes, yes, yes, and yes. And one more: always be yourself."
Wonderful thoughts on personal branding, aren't they?